Bruce Springsteen and the American Dream
Dr. Jeanne Buckley
University Seminar, Arcadia University Undergraduate Curriculum
Springsteen’s music serves as a platform for not only the working poor, but also the pariahs of American society. Like other classic American singer-songwriters, Springsteen uses his music to explore tragedy in the American life, imbuing each song with a quiet, sometimes darkly humorous humanity. Through his songs, Springsteen has defined an altogether different type of American story, one that weaves tragedy, comedy, and the tedious minutiae of daily life. Springsteen considers each element of every story he tells to be distinct and important in its own way, creating a sense of purpose for even the lowest of the low.
McDonough, Alex, "Springsteen: In The American Tradition" (2017). Faculty Curated Undergraduate Works. 46.