David Gaines

Notable Achievements

Professor of English David Gaines delivered the keynote address at the 14th annual National Symposium of Theater and Performing Arts at Washington and Lee University on Oct. 26. The topic of the symposium was Race and Gender in Theater, Poetry, and Rock ‘n Roll, and the title of Gaines’s address was “‘I Felt Like I Was One of Them or All of Them Put Together’: Reflections on Race, Gender, and Bob Dylan’s Multitudes.” His presentation was greatly enhanced by the expertise of Audiovisual Services Coordinator Luke Allen and Research and Instruction Librarian Katherine Hooker.

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Expertise

American Cultural History, with an emphasis upon varieties of literary history. Fiction and literary nonfiction, popular music, Hollywood movies, and sports all areas of recurrent focus. Bob Dylan’s life and works the recurrent area of research.

Professor of English David Gaines believes that through encountering, examining, discussing, and writing about a wide variety of texts, from canonical literature to products of popular culture to contemporary events, students (and he) become more effective critical thinkers and more fully engaged citizens. One of the primary goals in all of his classes and advising is to wed the head and the heart, to see and create connections between what we think, feel and do.

He has received multiple awards throughout his career, including: 

  • Joe S. Mundy Award for Exemplary Service, Southwestern University, August 18, 2008
  • Advising Award, Office of Academic Success, Spring 2008
  • Southwestern University Brown Distinguished Teaching Professor, 2000-2003
  • Exemplary Teacher Award, Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church, 1993
  • Walter Prescott Webb Graduate Fellowship, University of Texas at Austin, 1979
  • Students’ Association Teaching Excellence Award, University of Texas at Austin, 1978

Gaines is affiliated with the American Studies Association, the Modern Language Association, and the Northeast Modern Language Association.

He received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin.

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  • Professor of English David Gaines believes that through encountering, examining, discussing, and writing about a wide variety of texts, from canonical literature to products of popular culture to contemporary events, students (and he) become more effective critical thinkers and more fully engaged citizens. One of the primary goals in all of his classes and advising is to wed the head and the heart, to see and create connections between what we think, feel and do.

    He has received multiple awards throughout his career, including: 

    • Joe S. Mundy Award for Exemplary Service, Southwestern University, August 18, 2008
    • Advising Award, Office of Academic Success, Spring 2008
    • Southwestern University Brown Distinguished Teaching Professor, 2000-2003
    • Exemplary Teacher Award, Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church, 1993
    • Walter Prescott Webb Graduate Fellowship, University of Texas at Austin, 1979
    • Students’ Association Teaching Excellence Award, University of Texas at Austin, 1978

    Gaines is affiliated with the American Studies Association, the Modern Language Association, and the Northeast Modern Language Association.

    He received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin.

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  • Books

    In Dylan Town: A Fan’s Life (University of Iowa Press, 2015)

    Articles

    • “Teaching Dylan” in Professing Dylan (PhillipsMemphis, Spring 2016)
    • “Tangled Up in Bob,” The Chronicle of Higher Education, November 28, 2014, pp. B3-B5
    • “Dear Montague Street,” Montague Street, Fall 2012, pp. 23-25
    • “Transnational Dylan: Bob Dylan and Some Thoughts about Homes and Homelessness, Nations and Borders, The Whole Wide World, and What’s Real Forever”, pp. 83-96 in Dylan at Play, Edited by Nick Smart and Nina Goss (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2011)
    • “Kind of a Drag: My Private Guadalupe,” @Austin, Spring 1998, 21-2
    • “Grump for the Ages?” American Way, February 5, 1990, 36-42
    • “Slouching Towards Durham,” American Way, January 1, 1989, 84-87
    • “Long Live the Kink,” Texas Monthly, August 1988, 114-118
    • “Out From the Shadows,” Third Coast, November 1986, 70-72
    • “The Hustle Power of Sam Huff,” Skylines, October 1986, 25-29
    • “The Patriots’ Alchemist,” Skylines, September 1986, 22-25
    • “The Final Four,” Destination, March 1986, 24-27, 36
    • “St. Patrick’s Dismay,” Skylines, January 1986, 38-42
    • “Court of Appeal,” Third Coast, January 1986, 57-59
    • “Send in the Clones,” Third Coast, December 1985, 87-88
    • “Movie Targets,” Third Coast, December 1985, 80-82
    • “Superstars of the Keyboard,” The Continental, November 1985, 36-39
    • “Pigskins and Sheepskins,” Skylines, November 1985, 36-39
    • “Muscle Mime,” Third Coast, September 1985, 70-72
    • “Box Populi,” Third Coast, June 1985, 78-80
    • “The Book of Gus,” Third Coast, April 1985, 87-89
    • “Rubber Biscuits,” Third Coast, February 1985, 83-85
    • “Fish Heads,” Third Coast, January 1985, 80-82
    • “Head Games,” Third Coast, November 1984, 120-1
    • “First Course,” Third Coast, September 1984, 95-97
    • “Talk a Good Game,” Third Coast, August 1984, 177-178
    • “Pride of a Yankee,” Third Coast, July 1984, 66-70
    • “Their Brilliant Careers,” Third Coast, February 1984, 47-53

    Reviews

    • “A Sketch of Life in the Postwar Paris ‘Interzone,’” The Boston Sunday Globe, February 5, 1995, 58
    • “Finally, Cowley’s Learned Successor to Aegypt,” The Boston Sunday Globe, August 7, 1994, 60
    • “The Magnificent Murderers,” The Boston Sunday Globe, September 13, 1992, 105
    • “Reading the Cultural Tea Leaves,” The Boston Sunday Globe, July 19, 1992, B15
    • “It’s a Hot, Celluloid Summer in Austin,” Austin Weekly, July 12, 1989, 16-17
    • “High School Madness With Cause for Concern,” Austin Weekly, May 3, 1989, 28
    • “Not Many Answers in ‘Say Anything,’” Austin Weekly, April 26, 1989, 27
    • “A Misguided Hitchcock Lookalike,” Austin Weekly, April 19, 1989, 37
    • “Baron Delights with Hot Air Fantasy,” Austin Weekly, April 12, 1989, 36
    • “Despite Junk, Oscars Send Us to Movies,” Austin Weekly, April 5, 1989, 38
    • “Kinky Demons Featured in Offbeat Grotesquery,” Austin Weekly, March 29, 1989, 31
    • “Go Late, See Best Two Out of Three,” Austin Weekly, March 22, 1989, 34
    • “‘Skin Deep’ Turns Out, Well, Anticlimactic,” Austin Weekly, March 15, 1989, 29
    • “Everything is a Battle for This ‘True Believer,’” Austin Weekly, March 8, 1989, 28
    • “Grisly Murder Mystery and Crazy Love Story,” Austin Weekly, March 1, 1989, 39
    • “Screwball Comedy Soars Higher with Each Scene,” Austin Weekly, February 22, 1989, 37
    • “Offbeat ‘Tourist’ Finds Goofy Saving Grace,” Austin Weekly, February 15, 1989, 36
    • “Reynolds’ Latest Film No Better Than TV,” Austin Weekly, February 8, 1989, 37
    • “Powerful Scenes Far Outweigh Clunkers,” Austin Weekly, February 1, 1989, 31
    • “Pasted Up Attempt at Formula Picture,” Austin Weekly, January 25, 1989, 37
    • “Close Performance Rivals Her ‘Crazy Lady,’” Austin Weekly, January 18, 1989, 35
    • “Everyone Gets Just Desserts on Wall St.,” Austin Weekly, January 4, 1989, 33
    • “‘Rain Man’ is Poignant Story of Family Ties,” Austin Weekly, December 28, 1988, 32
    • “Maybe It’s the Writers Who Earn a Low Grade,” Austin Weekly, December 21, 1988, 31
    • “Disappointing Film Only Scratches the Surface,” Austin Weekly, December 7, 1988, 27
    • “Hokey Sentimentality May Work For You,” Austin Weekly, November 23, 1988, 39
    • “Keaton, Even Robards, Share in Flawed Flick,” Austin Weekly, November 16,1988, 29
    • “Scary Movie Back on Four Local Screens,” Austin Weekly, November 9, 1988,41
    • “Huston Lets Us Dream Our Dreams Today,” Austin Weekly, October 25, 1988,33
    • “John Sayles Hits Grand Slam,” Austin Weekly, October 19, 1988, 36 “Lifestyles of the Weird and Infamous,” Austin Weekly, October 5, 1988, 28
    • “‘Blue Line’: A Wicked Web He Weaves,” Austin Weekly, September 28, 1988, 32
    • “Down and Out in Parador,” Austin Weekly, September 21, 1988, 28
    • “Teen Scream,” Austin Weekly, September 14, 1988, 28
    • “The Family That Stays Together,” Austin Weekly, September 7, 1988
    • “Dylan Days,” Delta Symposium, April 11, 2015, Jonesboro, Arkansas
    • “In Dylan Town” as part of Paideia Connections, October 19, 2014, Austin, Texas
    • “A Dylan Fan’s Notes,” Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Meeting, April 12, 2012, Boston, Massachusetts
    • “Experiential and Engaged Learning” at Associated Colleges of the South Symposium on “Strengthening Liberal Arts through Collaboration,” Atlanta, Georgia, June 8, 2011
    • “Bob Dylan’s Senses of Humor” at the Joint Conference of the National Popular Culture Association & American Culture Association and the Southwest/Texas Popular Culture & American Culture Association, San Antonio, Texas, April 22, 2011
    • “The Things We Talk and Teach About When We Teach Writing,” Keynote Address, Young Rhetoricians’ Conference, Monterey, California, June 26, 2009
    • “Bob Dylan and Transnational Literature” at the Northeastern Modern Language Association Annual Meeting, Boston, Massachusetts, February 26, 2009
    • “Paideia, Honduras, and Global Thought into Local Action,”(Road Scholars in New York, New York), October 17, 2008
    • “The Ongoing Canonization of Bob Dylan” (Keynote Speech at Schreiner University Pop Culture Symposium), November 2, 2007
    • “Chimes of Freedom’ Visited and Revisited” (Invited Lecture at New York University’s “Discussing Dylan & the Music, People and Politics of Our Times”), October 17, 2007
    • “Bobby’s in the Canon and I’m in the Classroom Mixin’ Up the Curriculum” (The New School Colloquium on Bob Dylan), October 25, 2006
    • “Sonatas for Jukeboxes: Popular Music and Personal Tastes” (Road Scholars in Houston, Texas), September 2, 2006
    • “Demo Dreamscapes” at Glory Days: A Bruce Springsteen Symposium Presented by Penn State University, September 9, 2005
    • “Our Music, Their Music” (Road Scholars in Houston, Texas, November 17, 2004
    • “Our Music, Their Music” (Alumni University for Home-coming and Reunion Weekend), October 23, 2004
    • “A Conversation with Tony Kushner” (Onstage Participant with Tony Kushner and Elaine Craddock for Writer’s Voice), October 20, 2004
    • “Our Music, Their Music” (Road Scholars in San Angelo, Texas), May 5, 2004
    • “From Satchmo to Nirvana in a Few Big Steps: A Discussion of the Metamorphoses of American Popular Music from the 1920s to the Recent Past” (Senior University, Georgetown, Texas), June 11, 2001
    • “Movie-Made America” (Family Weekend, Southwestern University), February 24, 2001
    • “King In-and Beyond-His Times” (MLK Day, Southwestern University)
    • “American Couples” (Family Weekend, Southwestern University), February 19, 2000
    • “What’s Happening in First-Year Seminar?” (Faculty Forum, Southwestern University), April 12, 1999
    • “King In-and Beyond-His Times” (MLK Day, Southwestern University), January 18, 1999
    • “Movies, Books, Lists, and the Stories We Tell” (Southwestern University Library Lecture Series), October 28, 1998
    • “(Only Seemingly Random) Thoughts on Film” (Southwestern Alumni Summit), May 16, 1998
    • “Adventures in the Free-Lance Trade” (San Gabriel Writers League), April 2, 1998
    • “King In-and Beyond-His Times” (MLK Day, Southwestern University), November 7, 1997
    • “Fellow Travelers and Writers: Reading, Writing, and Traveling with Graduating Seniors” (Southwestern University Road Scholars, San Antonio, United Methodist Church), November 7, 1997
    • “Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Documentary Treatment” (Keynote Presentation at the first Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at Southwestern University), January 27, 1997
    • “Austin Music in the 1970s” (In conjunction with the Brown Symposium “Drawing and Crossing Boundaries: The Roots of Texas Music”), November 13, 1996
    • Moderated Student Panel with Dan Rather at Southwestern University Fund-Raising Campaign Kickoff, January 24, 1995
    • “Life After Graduate School” (Keynote Speech at American Studies Graduate Student Symposium, University of Texas at Austin), October 22, 1994
    • “You Say You Want a Revolution…We All Want to Change the World” (Homecoming, Southwestern University), October 15, 1994
    • “Love and Hisses: Movie Controversies and Classroom Experiences” (Family Weekend, Southwestern University), February 1993
    • Keynote Address at the Admission Reception for Prospective Southwestern University Students (Austin), April 12, 1992
    • “Media Politics, Popular Culture” (Family Weekend, Southwestern University), February 1992
    • “When Rajneeshpuram Came to Central Texas” (Third Annual Conference on the Reform of Curriculum in Higher Education, Denver, Colorado), October 8, 1990
    • “Stephen Jay Gould, Writer” (Faculty Forum, Southwestern University), January 1990

In the News

  • David Gaines
    SU Professor and Bob Dylan Expert David Gaines Traveled to Sweden for Nobel Week

    David Gaines shares his “once-in-a-lifetime” experience in Sweden when Bob Dylan awarded the Nobel Laureate in Literature.

  • Southwestern English Professor David Gaines Reflects on Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize

    English professor loves sharing his knowledge of Bob Dylan, and applauds Dylan’s Nobel Prize.

  • Gaines’ In Dylan Town Arrives!

    David Gaines’ study, In Dylan Town: A Fan’s Life, has just been released by Iowa University Press. T.C. Boyle, author of The Harder They Come, writes “[In Dylan Town is a] life within a life. David Gaines’s portrait of one of our great artists is at once an appreciation, an assimilation, and a stirring memoir of a very fine writer so very deeply touched by another.”