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Dylan’s Deixis

  • Charles O. Hartman
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Part of the Palgrave Studies in Music and Literature book series (PASTMULI)

Abstract

Charles O. Hartman’s chapter is primarily concerned with “Dylan’s Deixis.” By offering a careful analysis of deixis in Dylan’s song-writing, Hartman ties that song-writing to a poetic tradition that Dylan both embraces and disregards. This chapter, to appropriate the author’s felicitous expression, sorts through the sometimes-fugitive operations of deixis in Dylan’s songs. Hartman carefully establishes “the core but easily overlooked operation of language called deixis” which “Dylan’s song lyrics have in common with the traditions and concerns of poetry in the usual, narrow sense.” Throughout this chapter, Hartman offers remarkable examples of “how Dylan uses deixis to create character and setting, draws parallels with how poets use it, and points out the ethical work that these manipulations enable.”

Keywords

Bob Dylan Deixis Poetics Song-writing Narration 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Charles O. Hartman
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  1. 1.Connecticut CollegeNew LondonUSA

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