Bruce Springsteen expects attentiveness of his listeners. How do we know this? Over the past 50 years, Springsteen has written songs and created music that have been experienced by countless fans. But many don’t know the extent to which his work has been influenced by the American folk tradition. Through experimental reinterpretation and the creation of new traditions, The Boss has worked within known folk traditions, but at the same time, created new sounds and messages. In this session, participants can learn how lyrics can be analyzed like texts and compare Springsteen’s lyrics to songs that have influenced him. Audio recordings are not featured in this program.
Prudence Jones, Ph.D.
Professor at Montclair University
Prudence Jones, Professor at Montclair University, received her B.A. from Wellesley College and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University. Her research interests include Latin literature, Augustan Rome, Cleopatra VII, and ancient geography. She is the author of the books Reading Rivers in Roman Literature and Culture, Cleopatra: a Sourcebook, Cleopatra, and Africa: Greek and Roman Perspectives from Homer to Apuleius.
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