An Analysis Of Literature On Bob Dylan's Nobel Prize For Songwriting

An Analysis Of Literature On Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize For Songwriting

By Brock Swinson | Monday Monday Staff -    2018-05-11    4 min read

Bob Dylan and his work are certainly beyond run-of-the-mill songs or novels. When President Barack Obama gave Bob Dylan the Nobel Prize for Literature, many fans started to question, what is literature? Did he deserve this type of award?

Dylan | Photo Credit Dering Hall

So, as Bob Dylan sang about the Tambourine Man, with a guitar around his shoulder and harmonica between his words and the microphone, was he singing more than mere music? Were his words literary? And if so, how does it hold up and relate to the classics we associate with the word, “literature?”

PBS Idea Channel wanted to explore these questions and more.

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Brock Swinson

Brock Swinson is a contributor at MMN, Airows, and Creative Screenwriting Magazine. He is also the author of 'How Hollywood Screenwriters Annihilate Writer's Block,' which includes advice from Aaron Sorkin, William Monahan, and Cary Fukunaga. Get it for free or listen to interviews at the "Creative Principles with Brock Swinson" podcast on the website above.

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