Bruce Springsteen and Popular Music
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Bruce Springsteen and Popular Music : Rhetoric, Social Consciousness, and Contemporary Culture

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This interdisciplinary volume enters the scholarly conversation about Bruce Springsteen at the moment when he has reinforced his status of global superstar and achieved the status of social critic. Covering musical and cultural developments, chapters primarily consider work Springsteen has released since 9/11-that is, released during a period of continued global unrest, economic upheaval, and social change-under the headings Politics, Fear and Society; Gender and Sexual Identity; and Toward a Rhetoric of Springsteen. The collection engages Springsteen and popular music as his contemporary work is just beginning to be understood in terms of its impact on popular culture and music, applying new areas of inquiry to Springsteen and putting Springsteen fan writing within the same binding as academic writing to show how together they create a more nuanced understanding of an artist. Established and emerging Springsteen scholars approach work from disciplines including rhetoric and composition, historical musicology, labor studies, American history, literature, communications, sociology, theology, and government. Offering context, critique, and expansive understanding of Springsteen and his work, this book contributes to Springsteen scholarship and the study of popular music by showing Springsteen's broadening academic appeal as well as his escalating legacy on new musicians, social consciousness, and contemporary culture.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 222 pages
  • 159 x 235 x 19.05mm | 476g
  • ROUTLEDGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 2 Line drawings, black and white; 9 Halftones, black and white; 2 Tables, black and white
  • 1138943991
  • 9781138943995
  • 1,914,437

Table of contents

Music examples


Acknowledgments


List of contributors


Introduction: the rhetoric and social consciousness of Bruce Springsteen


William I Wolff


Part 1. Politics, fear, and society


1. Lost in the flood: Bruce Springsteen's political consciousness and the Vietnam War, 1968-2014


Jonathan D. Cohen


2. "Youngstown": a local band's rebuke of Springsteen's representation of a city struggling to define itself after deindustrialization


Sara Gulgas


3. Our Lady of E Street: the Boss's Virgin, 2002-2014


Karen O'Donnell


4. "This turnpike sure is spooky": Springsteen and the politics of fear


Jason Stonerook


Part 2. Gender and sexual identity


5. American Beauty nomads?: ontological security and masculinized knowledge in uncertain times


Pamela Moss


Dialogues: Springsteen and women


6. The Promised Land: Springsteen's epic heterosexuality, late capitalism, and prospects for queer life


Nadine Hubbs


7. Is there anybody alive out there? Growing up queer with Bruce


Holly Casio


8. Who is Springsteen to his women fans?


Lorraine Mangione and Donna Luff


Part 3. Toward a rhetoric of Bruce Springsteen


9. When words fail: nonlexical utterances and the rhetoric of voicelessness in the songs of Bruce Springsteen, 1975-1984


Eric Rawson


10. "To stand shoulder to shoulder and heart to heart": authenticity, community, and folk music in the recent work of Bruce Springsteen


Owen Cantrell


Dialogues: Springsteen, audience, and interpretation


11. "Bring `em home!": the rhetorical ecologies of Devils & Dust


Jason Schneider


12. Springsteen's stage success: the setlist and beyond


Peter Chianca


13. "They don't just see some person with a guitar": Springsteen and rhetorical identification


Scott Wagar


Index
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About William I. Wolff

William I. Wolff is an assistant professor of communication studies and digital media at Saint Joseph's University where he teaches courses on participatory culture, nonprofit communications, and digital storytelling. His work has appeared in Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy; Transformative Works and Cultures; Technical Writing Quarterly and Computers & Composition.
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