Title page for ETD etd-1112102-151209

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Jackson, Mark Allan
URN etd-1112102-151209
Title Prophet Singer: The Voice and Vision of Woody Guthrie
Degree Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Department English
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
John Lowe Committee Chair
Carl Freedman Committee Member
Frank DeCaro Committee Member
Pat McGee Committee Member
Pat Marerro Dean's Representative
  • woody guthrie
Date of Defense 2002-08-30
Availability unrestricted
This project discusses the cultural and political significance of a number of lyrics by songwriter and political activist Woodrow Wilson "Woody" Guthrie. By drawing on both the singer's personal experiences and relevant American history, I lay out how larger political and cultural forces in society impacted Guthrie's songs. Although this work focuses primarily on his lyrics, my dissertation also draws on his interviews, commercial recordings, drawings, and other writing. Since much of the writing discussed in this work comes from archival collections at the Smithsonian Institution, the Library of Congress, and the Woody Guthrie Archives, I have covered a wider variety of materials concerning Guthrie than ever done before, thus providing new insights into one of America's most intriguing cultural figures. Also, by using an interdisciplinary approach, I have been able to evaluate Guthrie's political expression through both a literary and a historical perspective, giving this study a rich and varied context.
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