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.
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The list was compiled with the generous help of Michael Chaser, Professor of English and Department Square at Williamette University.
List of Syllabi
The Bob Dylan Song Book
Robert Boschman is a professor in the Department of English, Languages, and Cultures at Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Bob Dylan: Music and Words © 2019 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.