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Available Expert - Nobel Prize in Literature awarded to Bob Dylan

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Queen's University English professor Tracy Ware is available to comment on the significance of Bob Dylan being named the recipient of the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature.

"As a songwriter, he does not fit the usual profile, but it is great that songwriting is being recognized," says Dr. Ware. "The most notable thing about Dylan’s work over the last 20 years has been his turn to traditional songs in both style and form—old blues songs, for instance, as when he covers a Willie Dixon tune, or narrative songs, as in his song about the Titanic. He would select the songs and provide the commentary, and his interests are wide and deep."

Dr. Ware notes that past Nobel literature laureates have tended to be considered more activist in their writing. The selection of Mr. Dylan is an outlier from this pattern, as he has tended to be suspicious of attempts to categorize his political stances and maintains a strict sense of privacy about his personal life.

Dr. Ware is a professor in the Department of English Language and Literature at Queen's University, with a research focus on Canadian literature, English Romanticism and Nineteenth Century American literature. He is available for interviews between 1 and 2 pm, or after 4 pm on Thursday, October 13.

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