Beyond Genre: Lyrics, Literature, and the Influence of Bob Dylan’s Transgressive Creative Imagination

  • Nduka Otiono
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Music and Literature book series (PASTMULI)


Nduka Otiono’s chapter looks at the spell Dylan’s life and work cast on a generation of Nigerian writers. Using a personal essay style, Otiono explores his own encounter with Dylan’s work in the context of contemporary writers in the Lagos-Ibadan cultural axis in the late twentieth century, and how this impacted his teaching of Dylan at the University of Alberta, Canada. Otiono combines personal reflections by representative Nigerian poets with Khatija BiBi Khan’s unusual theoretical approach called “soetry” to comprehend the influence of Dylan’s transgressive creative imagination and multigeneric work. Otiono ultimately identifies Dylan as a creative spark that ignited the poetry and lifestyle of a group of Nigerian poets born in the roaring 1960s as African countries gained independence from colonial rule.


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  • Nduka Otiono
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  1. 1.Institute of African Studies, Carleton UniversityOttawaCanada

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