PERFORMED LITERATURE - WORDS AND MUSIC BY BOB
DYLAN, by Betsy Bowden
Bob Dylan is not a poet. He is a singer-songwriter, a performing artist. The unit of his art, as collected and documented by his intended audience, is the live performance. Right now, no existing technological tool can give researchers ready access to his entire corpus of work. PERFORMED LITERATURE develops a methodology for close analysis of verbal art that is heard, not seen, using as comparative examples 24 performances of 11 songs by Bob Dylan.
Indiana University Press 1982, 239 pages,
Second edition, University Press Of America 2001,
263 pages. The second edition adds a preface,
two major appendices and one minor one,
and a detailed index.