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 consider primarily 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.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 19.05mm | 498.95g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • ROUTLEDGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 2 black & white tables, 9 black & white halftones, 2 black & white line drawings
  • 1138943991
  • 9781138943995
  • 1,227,611

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, and Computers & Composition.show more

Table of contents

Introduction William I Wolff Part I. War, Fear, and Memorial 1. Lost in the Flood: Vietnam and the Forgotten Roots of Bruce Springsteen's Political Consciousness Jonathan Cohen 2. "This Turnpike Sure is Spooky at Night When You're All Alone": Springsteen, Fear, and the American Dream Jason Stonerook 3. On the Theme of Absence in Springsteen's Music Alan Rauch 4. Our Lady of E Street: The Boss' Virgin (2002-2014) Karen O'Donnell Dialogues "Mister I ain't a Boy, No I'm a Man": Overcoming Fear, Loss, and Grief in Childhood with the Music of Bruce Springsteen Connor Kirkpatrick "Will You Be in Our Arms Tonight?" Grieving in Public with Bruce Springsteen Martha Nell Smith Part II. Gender and Sexual Orientation 5. American Beauty? Masculinized Knowledge and Ontological Security in Uncertain Times Pamela Moss 6. A Queer Reading of Springsteen's Lyrics Nadine Hubbs Dialogues Who is Springsteen to His Women Fans? Lorraine Mangioni and Donna Luff Me and Bruce: Is There Anybody Alive Out There? Holly Casio Part III. Lineage and Legacy 7. Bruce Springsteen and the Folk Tradition Owen Cantrell 8. Musical Forms from Nebraska to Wrecking Ball Francesco Cassiani 9. "Youngstown": A Local Band's Rebuke of Springsteen's Representation of a City Struggling to Define Itself after Deindustrialization Sara Gulgas 10. On Springsteen's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Speeches Lauren Onkey IV. Toward A Rhetoric of Springsteen 11. When Words Fail: Non-lexical Utterances and the Rhetoric of Voicelessness in the Songs of Bruce Springsteen Eric Sean Rawson 12. Title to be determined Jason Schneider Dialogues "When They Look Up at You, They Don't Just See Some Person with a Guitar": Springsteen and Rhetorical Identification Scott Wager Springsteen's Stage Success: Beyond the Set List Peter Chianca Look Hard and Look Twice: The Complex Musical Ethos in Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band Megan Faver Hartlineshow more

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