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Bruce Springsteen and Popular Music


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Introduction: the rhetoric and social consciousness of Bruce Springsteen William I Wolff Part 1. Politics, fear, and society 1. Lost in the flood: Bruce Springsteen's political consciousness and the Vietnam War, 1968-2014 Jonathan D. Cohen 2. "Youngstown": a local band's rebuke of Springsteen's representation of a city struggling to define itself after deindustrialization Sara Gulgas 3. Our Lady of E Street: the Boss's Virgin, 2002-2014 Karen O'Donnell 4. "This turnpike sure is spooky": Springsteen and the politics of fear Jason Stonerook Part 2. Gender and sexual identity 5. American Beauty nomads?: ontological security and masculinized knowledge in uncertain times Pamela Moss Dialogues: Springsteen and women 6. The Promised Land: Springsteen's epic heterosexuality, late capitalism, and prospects for queer life Nadine Hubbs 7. Is there anybody alive out there? Growing up queer with Bruce Holly Casio 8. Who is Springsteen to his women fans? Lorraine Mangione and Donna Luff Part 3. Toward a rhetoric of Bruce Springsteen 9. When words fail: nonlexical utterances and the rhetoric of voicelessness in the songs of Bruce Springsteen, 1975-1984 Eric Rawson 10. "To stand shoulder to shoulder and heart to heart": authenticity, community, and folk music in the recent work of Bruce Springsteen Owen Cantrell Dialogues: Springsteen, audience, and interpretation 11. "Bring 'em home!": the rhetorical ecologies of Devils & Dust Jason Schneider 12. Springsteen's stage success: the setlist and beyond Peter Chianca 13. "They don't just see some person with a guitar": Springsteen and rhetorical identification Scott Wagar Index

About the Author

William I. Wolff is an assistant professor of communication studies and digital media at Saint Joseph's University where he teaches courses on participatory culture, nonprofit communications, and digital storytelling. His work has appeared in Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy; Transformative Works and Cultures; Technical Writing Quarterly and Computers & Composition.

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