F403 Summer 2018 Beauty Walks A Razor's Edge: The Poetry and Influence of Bob Dylan
Tuesdays, 11:50–1:15, June 19–June 26
Instructors: Kay Menchel, Cameron Menchel
In this two-part class we will take a look at Bob Dylan's literary influences and the way he has shaped the authors and songwriters who have followed him. Dylan, America's most recent Nobel laureate in literature and a controversial one, renovated the idiom of popular music in songs such as "Desolation Row," "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue," and "Visions of Johanna," (to name a few) by drawing upon influences as diverse as the Bible, Rimbaud, T.S. Eliot, and the American folk tradition. We will assess Dylan's poetry as an individual literary achievement and look at how this man (troubadour, plagiarist, protestor, and fabulist) has left a sizable aesthetic imprint on lyricists and fiction writers alike.
Kay Menchel, who grew up in Yorkshire, England, is a lawyer who also holds an MA in English literature from George Mason University. She enjoys sharing her passion for English literature with OLLI members.
Cameron Menchel, the son of Kay Menchel, received a BA in English and graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude from the College of William & Mary. He also received honors in his major for a thesis on Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights. He is interested in pursuing graduate study in literature and is delighted to have the opportunity to teach at OLLI in the meantime.