Bob Dylan: An American Phenotype

Bob Dylan: An American Phenotype

Fridays, 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm ǀ July 9, 16, 23 and 30 in Zoom

Tuition: $45 for all four sessions

Instructor: John O’Hara, associate professor of Critical Thinking & First-Year Studies

john o'haraThis short course will examine Bob Dylan as an American phenotype: the hardscrabble folk artist and poet, the visionary sage of Yankee consciousness and conscience, the American poet par excellence. His songs hearken to a diverse array of musicians, poets, troubadours, evangelists, preachers and pitch men: “I always thought of myself as a song and dance man,” he joked sarcastically in D.A. Pennebaker’s film, Don’t Look Back (1966). Despite his humble assertion, the striking lyrical quality of Dylan’s work, and his inscrutable character, have captivated scholars and the general public alike for six decades. 

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