Donnerstag, 26. Mai 2011

Mainz Dylan Symposium, May 26, 2011 (Part 3 of 3 attended and taped)

The third presentation,"Bob Dylan und die Bibel" (Bob Dylan and The Bible) by Prof. Dr. Manfred Siebald (American Studies), Johannes-Gutenberg-University, Mainz, Germany, was the most interesting of all.

Prof. Manfred Siebald, also a Christian singer-songwriter in Germany (comparable, for example, to Bruce Cockburn), rather convincingly attributed Dylan's use of Biblical images/themes NOT only to his Jewish background, but rather to the WASP (in particular, Puritan) tradition/concepts of  "Jeremiad" and "Typology".

This was the most convincing presentation (and the only one providing real "food for thought"), whereas the presentations scheduled for tomorrow to me hold no excitement whatsover  and do not promise any new insights.

© by Prof. Dr. Manfred Siebald, 2011
Presented for the purpose of study and research only (in accordance with "fair use" criteria). 

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