What are your views on the Nobel Prize for Literature Awarded to Bob Dylan

Posted by hl11 at Oct 20, 2016 08:40 AM |

It cannot have escaped the attention of many members and fellows of the Association that the Nobel Prize for Literature was this year awarded to Bob Dylan. Though the decision has generally been warmly received, it has also given rise to  some debate about whether a body of work that consists almost entirely of songs can be classified  as literature and, if it can,  whether Bob Dylan’s song lyrics have sufficient literary merit to justify the Nobel Prize. Dylan enthusiasts and those with longish memories will recall the debate that surrounded Professor Christopher Ricks’ claim that Bob Dylan was a greater poet than Keats. Perhaps it is time to consider that opinion again.

Do you have a view? Do you have experience of teaching or studying Bob Dylan’s work as part of a literature course?

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