The Springsteen Affect: Religion in American Studies

Paul Giles

in Transnationalism in Practice

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780748640492
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652129 | DOI:
The Springsteen Affect: Religion in American Studies

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This chapter analyses the place of religion in American studies, focusing on the music of Bruce Springsteen. It suggests that the heterogeneous nature of Springsteen's cultural influences might be seen to effectively mirror the hybrid condition of religious affect that his songs project. The chapter argues that Springsteen's work draws upon the cathectic force of an alien religion in order to defamiliarise domestic American myths and to reconstitute the charms of American romance within an estranged metaphysical framework.

Keywords: religion; American studies; Bruce Springsteen; cultural influences; cathectic force; American myths; American romance

Chapter.  8569 words. 

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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