Popular Music Research Group – Open Lecture at Oxford Brookes University


Dr Jennifer Skellington on Bob Dylan’s Tangled up in Blue (1974): A Disturbance of Narrative Order?

1pm, Tuesday 18th March, Oxford Brookes University, Richard Hamilton Building.

This is the first session in this year’s exciting series of open lectures to be provided by members of the Oxford Brookes Popular Music Research Unit.

In this lecture Jennifer will not only draw attention to the many subtleties in Dylan’s lyrics and vocal emphasis but will question whether or not the track can be heard as biographical.  Jennifer will then consider Michael Gray’s claim that a “disturbance of narrative order…is the particularly modernist feature of Tangled up in Blue” (Gray, Song and Dance Man III, 1999).


Published by Dr Jennifer Skellington

In 2010 I completed my PhD thesis entitled ‘Transforming Music Criticism? An examination of changes in music journalism in the English broadsheet press from 1981 to 1991’, at Oxford Brookes University. My research entailed face to face interviews with fourteen long-standing music journalists representing all music genres from the English quality press, the construction of a database cataloguing and analysing all music-related content from a sample of quality newspapers from the period 1981 to 1991 and the detailed discourse analysis of a sample of live music reviews. My key area of expertise is music criticism and music journalism, particularly relating to popular music (including rock, pop, jazz, world music), however my broader teaching and research specialisms cover a wide range of popular music related topics, particularly those associated with popular music and identity (race, gender, nationality, subcultures) and popular music and film. Since completing my PhD I have held associate lecturing posts at Oxford Brookes University, Oxford University, Solent University, Brunel University, the University of Bristol, Bucks New University, the University of Northampton and the University of Worcester.

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