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Dylan Studies Syllabi

Bob Dylan’s songs have been studied in classrooms since the mid-1960s. Thanks to his Nobel laureate status and ever-evolving artistic interests, more elements of the songwriter’s career are being explored in schools and universities around the world.

This page provides resources and syllabi designed by pioneering scholars and educators teaching students about Bob Dylan’s life and career. The scholars listed have allowed the Institute to compile their work together to guide students and researchers interested in all things Dylan. From detailed studies of Dylan’s biography, to contextualizing rock history in the United States, these syllabi merely scratch the surface of the myriad ways Dylan’s work is utilized in higher education.

These syllabi are protected by copyright. We strongly encourage adaptations of material but request that instructors do not copy courses directly.

Want to contribute? Send along all questions and resources to bobdylaninstitute@utulsa.edu.

The list was compiled with the generous help of Michael Chaser, Professor of English and Department Square at Williamette University.

List of Syllabi

First Year Seminar: Bob Dylan

Graley Herren

Graley Herren is Professor of English at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Bob Dylan and the Poets

Timothy Hampton

Timothy Hampton is Professor of Comparative Literature and French at the University of California at Berkeley.

Bob Dylan as Musician

Steven Rings

Steven Rings is Associate Professor in the Department of Music at the University of Chicago.

The Bob Dylan Song Book

Rob Boschman

Robert Boschman is a professor in the Department of English, Languages, and Cultures at Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Bob Dylan and Social-Historical Imagination

Bob Dylan: His History and Ours

Thomas Palaima

Thomas Palaima is Robert M. Armstrong Professor of Classics at the University of Texas at Austin.

Bob Dylan: Music and Words © 2019 Jeremy Yudkin

Jeremy Yudkin

Jeremy Yudkin is Professor of Music, Co-Director of the Center for Beethoven Research, Associated Faculty of the Department of African American Studies, Associated Faculty of the Elie Wiesel Center of Jewish Studies, and former chair of the Department of Musicology and Ethnomusicology at Boston University.