What is the course about?
This course illuminates the changing faces of his evolution by considering contrasting performances of a representative sequence of seminal songs. We shall track the remarkable unfolding of Bob Dylan’s career, from classic Sixties compositions up to his most recent album of original material, Tempest (2012).
What will we cover?
By comparing different renderings (by Dylan and others) of a variety of songs, we shall consider the protean nature of Dylan’s work, and discuss both the consistency and the disparate nature of his achievement.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Demonstrate insight into how Dylan’s output has developed and changed over time.
- Appreciate the expressive eloquence of Dylan’s lyrics and the rhetorical energy of their presentation.
- Identify how social and personal circumstances influenced Dylan’s work.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
No particular prior knowledge will be assumed, but you will need to feel enthusiastic about the prospect of reading, listening to and discussing Dylan’s songs. You will be interested in listening to – and learning from – the responses of other students to the work discussed, and in developing your analytical skills.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Teacher explanation; group discussion.
Peter Brennan is a poet, and was for many years Head of English at The Latymer School, Edmonton. He founded Visionary Company courses in 2005, and is Editor-in-Chief of Perdika Press.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
No extra costs. You may wish to bring a notebook and pen so that you can take notes during the session.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Look for other literature courses on www.citylit.ac.uk under History, Culture and Writing or under Humanities in the prospectus.