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In 2016 Bob Dylan became the first songwriter to win the Nobel Prize in Literature, placing him in the company of writers including John Steinbeck, Pablo Neruda and Toni Morrison.
Timothy Hampton, professor of literature at UC Berkeley and author of the new book Bob Dylan: How the Songs Work, joins us for a class exploring the poetry, politics, and musical fabric of Dylan’s songs. From the landmark protest songs of the 1960s (“Blowin’ in the Wind,” “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall,” “Chimes of Freedom”) through those that established him as the unofficial poet laureate of the rock era (“Like a Rolling Stone,” “All Along the Watchtower,” “Mr. Tambourine Man”), up to his magnificent 2020 release Rough and Rowdy Ways, Hampton examines the political and social themes that crisscross Dylan’s work and his place in the broader history of artistic modernism.
A class for all Dylan lovers, music buffs, and anyone who thrills to the power of great writing.
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Timothy Hampton is Distinguished Professor of Literature at the University of California, Berkeley …
Timothy Hampton is Distinguished Professor of Literature at the University of California, Berkeley, where he also directs the Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities. The author of many books and articles, he writes on literature across languages and centuries, on the history of diplomacy, and on popular music. A recipient of Berkeley's award for Distinguished Teaching, he has taught widely in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. His most recent book, Bob Dylan: How the Songs Work (Zone Books), appeared in 2019. A new study: The Secret History of Cheerfulness: Shakespeare to Facebook, will be out in 2021. He blogs about literature, music, and education at www.timothyhampton.org.