Recent Progress in Bruce Springsteen Studies

Very few popular music artists are the subject of exclusively dedicated peer-reviewed journals. There is, however, at least one – who features in the Biannual Online-Journal of Springsteen Studies (BOSS)

It aims to publish scholarly, open-access, peer-reviewed essays pertaining to Bruce Springsteen. And seeks to encourage consideration of Springsteen’s body of work primarily through the political, economic, and socio-cultural factors that have influenced his music and shaped its reception.

Here is a partial list of recently published articles :

• Signifying (and Psychoanalyzing) National Identity in Rock: Bruce Springsteen and The Tragically Hip

• Bruce Springsteen as Post-Christian Pastor

• The Theological Virtues According to Bruce Springsteen

• Springsteen as Developmental Therapist: An Autoethnography

Scholarly considerations within the corpus of Springsteen Studies are not, of course, restricted to BOSS – Here are some other examples :

• “And you don’t like, don’t like the way I talk”: Authenticity in the language of bruce springsteen. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts. Advance online publication.

• Bruce Springsteen fan behavior and identification Psychology of Music, Volume: 49 issue: 4, page(s): 691-703

De Born to Run à Born in the USA, une approche géographique de la nostalgie dans les chansons de Bruce Springsteen  Annales de géographie 2020/5 (N° 735), pages 5 à 32 (English version here)

• “This American Skin”: Bruce Springsteen and the complexity of American identity Clark, Simon (2017) PhD thesis, Murdoch University., Austalia.

• No Surrender: Bruce Springsteen, Neoliberalism and Rock and Roll’s Melancholic Fantasy of Sovereign Rebellion Graves, Kaitlin N. Florida Atlantic University. ProQuest Dissertations Publishing, 2017.

Research research by Martin Gardiner