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Professor Craig Werner on Bob Dylan

March 13th 2017 | Riley Vetterkind
Faculty, Media Mentions, Social Sciences
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Faulkner, Hemingway, Steinbeck — and now Bob Dylan.

Awarding the Nobel Prize in Literature to the American singer-songwriter icon might not appear to honor tradition, but for Craig Werner, a UW professor of Afro-American studies, a musician getting the prize was a long time coming.

Werner, a member of the nominating committee of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, says Dylan is a poet of the oral tradition, following the example of Homer and Shakespeare. And his music is so compelling, he adds, because it combines cultural impact, literary power, and musical genius.

Read the full story in On Wisconsin Magazine.