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“Springsteen Noir: Learning to Walk like Heroes”
English and Linguistics Faculty Presentations
  • Michael E. Kaufmann, Indiana University - Purdue University Fort Wayne
  • Michele R. DeVinney, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne
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Presentation Date
Conference Name
Glory Days Symposium
Conference Location
Monmouth University, Monmouth, NJ
The cinematic aspect of Springsteen’s songs is an often noted quality, not the least by Springsteen himself. He specifically notes the “greater influence” of film, especially “the 40s and 50s film noir” on his writing in Darkness on the Edge of Town (even down to the title), but implies an equal, if less conscious influence, on Born to Run. Surprisingly, however, few have discussed exactly how film noir informs Springsteen’s work
Citation Information
Michael E. Kaufmann and Michele R. DeVinney. "“Springsteen Noir: Learning to Walk like Heroes”" (2009)
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