"Even the ghost was more than one person": authorship and authorisation in I'm Not There

O'Dair, Marcus (2017) "Even the ghost was more than one person": authorship and authorisation in I'm Not There. IASPM@Journal, 7 (1). pp. 88-106. ISSN 2079-3871 (doi:10.5429/2079-3871(2017)v7i1.7en)

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Abstract

‘This is not a Bob Dylan movie’ ran the headline of Robert Sullivan’s New York Times feature about I’m Not There, the 2007 Bob Dylan biopic directed by Tod Haynes. In one sense, this is quite true: Dylan is depicted by six actors, between them portraying seven characters, yet none of these character is named Bob Dylan. I argue, however, that I’m Not There is very much a Bob Dylan movie; contrary to the title, Bob Dylan is there. I frame my argument with reference to the notion of heteroglossia (Bakhtin 1981), as well as theories of authorship (Foucault 1984 Barthes 1977() and the authorisation of biography (Renders 2017). Although it focuses on a single film, my article feeds into broader discussions of identity construction in popular music biopics and the relationship between popular music biopics and other biographical texts.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Media and Performing Arts
Item ID: 25159
Notes on copyright: Authors retain copyright, while licensing their work under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
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Depositing User: Dr Marcus O'Dair
Date Deposited: 21 Sep 2018 13:00
Last Modified: 05 Apr 2019 04:50
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/25159

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