Bob Dylan’s Critical Theory

Karl Helm is a critical theorist who adjuncts at Bard and lives in Radclyffe adjacent to Bob Dylan’s old house.

Helm’s current project, Bob Dylan’s Marxian Critical Theory, forthcoming with Catskills Critical Theory Press, brings his two interests together, reading Moishe Postone’s critical theory into Dylan’s early corpus in a double-faceted manner. On the first hand, Helm argues that the very genre of folk music was invented by CPUSA and that the folk revival and Dylan’s early recordings are representative of traditional marxism. On the second, Helm argues that Dylan’s late early work, such as My Back Pages and Pawn in their Game, represent Dylan’s critique of traditional marxism and develop a critical theoretical conception of social domination.


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