Reading the Boss

Reading the Boss : Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Works of Bruce Springsteen

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Reading the Boss: Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Works of Bruce Springsteen, edited by Roxanne Harde and Irwin Streight, draws together scholarly close readings of Bruce Springsteen's lyrics in twelve chapters that engage both critically and enthusiastically with central issues in Springsteen's writing, including his explorations of gender, place, religion, philosophy, and other literary text. These essays offer a comprehensive and accessible discussion of Springsteen's oeuvre, from Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J. to Working on a Dream that will appeal to both specialist readers and Springsteen fans more

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  • Paperback | 316 pages
  • 152.4 x 223.52 x 22.86mm | 453.59g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0739145363
  • 9780739145364
  • 801,760

About Roxanne Harde

Roxanne Harde is associate professor of English at the University of Alberta Irwin Streight is associate professor of English at the Royal Military College of Canadashow more

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It is no longer surprising to see scholars devote themselves to the significance of Bruce Springsteen, whether as a performer, a poet, or a global cultural symbol. But it is indeed a pleasure to find the quality of such investigations so consistently impressive, probing, and often eloquent. This is a collection worthy of its subject. I know of no higher praise. -- Eric Alterman, distinguished professor at Brooklyn College and author of It Ain't No Sin to be Glad You're Alive: The Promise of Bruce Springst This collection focuses explicitly on Bruce Springsteen's literary connections: to the authors Flannery O'Connor, Walker Percy, and John Steinbeck (among others), and to the tensions in his songcraft, whether of rebellion and rootedness, or gender and blue-collar ethnic masculinity. In contrast to a discourse often filled with praise-song, these essays instead hone in on the artistic elements Springsteen wields to create moments of redemption for his everyday alienated working-class characters. -- Joel Dinerstein, associate professor in the department of English at Tulane University College-level music and literary collections alike will find this a winner! Midwest Book Review Call it what you will -- hyperbolic, hagiographic, hilarious -- but Roxanne Harde and Irwin Streight, editors of Reading the Boss, liken their subject to a modern-day Shakespeare. Their introduction, "The Bard of Asbury Park," adumbrates some of the literary traits the two share; beyond a 2009 cover photo from Rolling Stone and its resemblance to the famous Chandos portrait of the Bard, there's Springsteen's abiding interest in loco-descriptive histories, or stories involving a particular place (i.e. Nebraska, Thunder Road, E Street), class struggle, song cycles and the fact that both the Boss and the Bard "offer a profound insight into the hungry human heart -- and Springsteen, arguably, with more breadth and depth than any other current American singer-songwriter" (6)...editors Harde and Streight have assembled some informative and insightful approaches to the Bard of the Garden State. Rocky Mountain Reviewshow more

Table of contents

Acknowledgments Note on the Lyrics Introduction: The Bard of Asbury Park Section 1: Reading Influence Chapter 1: Endlessly Seeking: Springsteen and Percy's Quest for Possibility Among the Ordinary Chapter 2: "On Blessing Avenue": Faith, Language, and a Search for Meaning In the Works of Bruce Springsteen and Walker Percy Chapter 3: "The Flannery O'Connor of American Rock" Section 2: Reading Place Chapter 4: "Deliver me from nowhere": Place and Space in Bruce Springsteen's Nebraska Chapter 5: Tracking Place and Identity in Bruce Springsteen's Tracks Section 3: Reading Gender Chapter 6: "Who's that girl?": Nostalgia, Gender, and Springsteen Chapter 7: Growin' Up to be a Nothing Man: Masculinity, Community, and the Outsider in Bruce Springsteen's Songs Chapter 8: "Like a vision she dances": Re-Visioning the Female Figure in the Songs of Bruce Springsteen Section 4: Reading Philosophy and Religion Chapter 9: A Covenant Reversed: Bruce Springsteen and the Promised Land Chapter 10: Ironic Revelation in Bruce Springsteen Chapter 11: "I'll work for your love": Springsteen and the Struggle for Authenticity Chapter 12: 12."May your hope give us hope": The Rising as a Site of Mourning Bibliography About the Editors and Contributors Music and Image Credits Indexshow more

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