A Wanderer by Trade

Gender in the Songs of Bob Dylan

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About the Book

Many of Bob Dylan’s most well-known works date from the 1960s, and can be seen as critical indicators of the changes in American society then and since. This book explores the unthreading of ideas about masculinity, femininity, sexuality, and identity through the lens of some of Dylan’s most popular love songs. The author revealingly employs specific aspects of cultural theory to explore the appeal of Bob Dylan’s music both now and during the time it was written.

About the Author(s)

Patrick Webster is a musician, writer and university lecturer. A graduate and postgraduate of the University of Leeds, his previous writing includes work as diverse as: Stanley Kubrick and masculinity, ecology and dyslexia. He lives in Leeds, in the North of England.

Bibliographic Details

Patrick Webster
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 195
Bibliographic Info: notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2019
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7409-4
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3439-5
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi
Preface 1
Introduction 3
1. Theoretical Approaches 15
2. Masculinity 31
3. Femininity 64
4. Sexuality 84
5. Identity and Duality 114
Closing Remarks 138
Chapter Notes 151
Bibliography 175
Index 181