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Faculty Cafe ~ Sarah Gates, English

12/1/17 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Sykes Common Room

“The Truth Just Twists”: Psychedelic Irony in Bob Dylan’s “The Gates of Eden”

Sarah Gates, English Department

Friday, December 1st


Sykes Common Room


In this talk, I will explore the peculiar blend of irony and psychedelia that characterizes the songs of Bob Dylan that have always intrigued me most.  Taking “The Gates of Eden” (from the 1965 album Bringing It All Back Home) as my central example, I will close read the way the song presents a world whose stark bleakness is matched by the unspooling richness of the imagery and the ironic bite of the music with which it is invoked.


These Friday events provide an opportunity to celebrate faculty members’ ongoing research and scholarly accomplishments. They provide time to relax at the end of the work week, catch up with old friends, and meet new people from across campus as you enjoy wine, beer, other drinks, and snacks. The Cafés and Book Publication Celebrations are a place for faculty to share their scholarly projects, in language accessible to the broad campus community, in the hopes that it will inspire lively discussion, helpful feedback and criticism, and possibly interest in future collaborations across disciplines. All faculty and staff are welcome at these events, and we encourage you to make them a regular part of your schedule. The Faculty Development Committee and the Academic Dean’s Office plan the Cafés and Book Celebrations, and the Center for Teaching and Learning and Corporate and Foundations Relations provide financial support.