Bob Dylan Awarded Nobel Prize in Literature


The Nobel Prize in Literature for 2016 is awarded to Bob Dylan "for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition". (

Merve Emre, Department of English, McGill University

“For many Bob Dylan is a surprising choice; he is the first singer-songwriter to win the prize since Rabindranath Tagore in 1913. But the decision is less surprising when one considers the intimate relationship between the balladic tradition and poetry.”—Merve Emre

She’s an assistant professor of English. Her areas of research are American fiction and contemporary novels. She’s currently writing a book on the history of personality testing.

merve [dot] emre [at] mcgill [dot] ca (English)

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