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Film and Literary Modernism Book Planned - May 20, 2012

A contract has been signed for a book with a UK publisher on Film and Literary Modernism. This will be a collection edited by Bob McParland, with the contributions from more than twenty film scholars and essayists.

Short Story "Tundra" Appears in "SLAB" - May 16, 2012

"Tundra," a short story by Bob McParland appears in the current edition of SLAB (Sound and Literary Art Book) Issue 7. Slippery Rock.

American Song Lyricists Entry in ABC-CLIO Encyclopedia of Popular Music - May 9, 2012

Bob McParland's article on American Song Lyricists is among the many informative essays that will be appearing in the Encyclopedia of Popular Music to be published by ABC-CLIO.

Vinny De Nunzio (Blues Harp) and Patricia Lazzara (Flute) Recording for Album - May 8, 2012

Bob McParland will have Vinny De Nunzio and Patty Lazzara contributing to the new album, along with Rave Tesar (piano) and Mike Baron (drums).


Play Featured in "Quickchange- An Evening of Short Plays" - April 21, 2012

The Open Book," a short play by Bob McParland, will be presented on Monday evening, April 23,  at the Little Theatre in Rutherford. This evening of short one-act plays begins at 8:00 P.M. 

Dickens Presentation at Indiana University in Bloomington - April 17, 2012

Bob McParland will present a paper on "Charles Dickens: American Faces in a British Mirror" at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana on Saturday, April 21.

Greg Hawkes Shows Us: Ukelele Is a Bit Like a Guitar - April 15, 2012

Greg Hawkes of The Cars played a few songs for everyone on the ukelele in Boston and showed Bob how that instrument is much like a guitar. That was kind of him. He has an instrumental album of Beatles ukelele songs out and it is nicely done.  


Cat Solves Mystery - Story at - April 15, 2012

Bob McParland fiction at It's free. Click on Robert McParland or Fiction for the story. (Epiphany Magazine, Issue #13)

John Fogerty's American Language - April 14, 2012

John Fogerty's lyrics and music were examined by Bob McParland and Ted Trost at the American Popular Culture conference in Boston this past weekend.    

Mark Volman (The Turtles) and Greg Hawkes (The Cars) A Tough Act to Follow at Popular Culture Conference - April 5, 2012

Bob McParland will chair a discussion in Boston (April 13) on Creedence Clearwater Revival and Nu-Country Music, immediately following interviews with Mark Volman of The Turtles (speaking with Tom Kitts) and Greg Hawkes of The Cars (speaking with Lawrence Pitilli)in the Suffolk Room at the Copley Plaza. Theodore Trost will speak on CCR and the Religious Imagination and Bob McParland will speak on John Fogerty in "Down to the River: Narration, Blues and the Common Man in John Fogerty's Imagined Southern Gothic." Tom Kitts is the organizer for the Popular Music section.

One Act Play- "An Open Book" To Be Staged April 23 - April 3, 2012

Bob's one-act play, An Open Book, will be performed on April 23, with other one-acts. Imagine if you could actually go into the pages of a book and become a character in a story. When Dudley proposes this, his colleagues think he is crazy.

The lead actress for An Open Book has been a cast member of Les Miserables in New York. The show begins at 7:00 P.M.. For information call (201) 559-6000.  

Poetry Reading on Shakespeare's Birthday - March 30, 2012

Bob McParland will participate in a Poetry Reading on Shakespeare's birthday with (April 21) Anthony Demarest, Sherida Yoder, Robert Quatrone, David Swartz and others.

Poem Appears in Third Wednesday - March 24, 2012

"Farmland," a poem, appears in the recent issue of "Third Wednesday" on page 116.

Concert, March 3, Wyckoff, New Jersey - March 2, 2012

Bob McParland will perform his music at a concert at The Barn/CS, 530 Sicomac Avenue. Wyckoff, New Jersey on Saturday, March 3, 8:30 P.M.. A potluck dinner (6:30 P.M. precedes the show.)

"Poetics of American Song Lyrics" Published - December 29, 2011

The Poetics of American Song Lyrics is now available from the University of Mississippi Press. The book is edited by Charlotte Pence. Bob McParland joins more than a dozen writers in considering relationships between popular song lyrics and poetry. Among featured essays are ones by Pulitzer prize poet Claudia Emerson, and Lamar Alexander, the former Tennessee governor. Bob McParland looks at the work of Bruce Springsteen. Essays in this collection are on Kris Kristofferson, Bob Dylan, REM, and many others.

Story Online in Ishaan Literary Review - December 20, 2011

A short story by Bob McParland appears this month online in the Ishaan Literary Review.

Popular Music Books Published - December 10, 2011


"Yesterday: Narrative, Memory, and The Beatles," by Bob Mcparland appears in Resounding Pasts, ed. Drago Momosilovic, Canmbridge Scholars Publishing. December 2011.

Bruce Springsteen article by Bob McParland appears in in Poetics of American Song Lyrics, ed. Charlotte Pence, University of Mississippi Press. January 2012.


Finding Fogerty: Interdisciplinary Essays on John Fogerty and Creedence Clearwater Revival, ed. Thomas Kitts, Lexington Publishing Company.

American Pie - 40th Annivesary Volume, ed. Raymond Schruck, Jr. and Raymond Schruck, Sr., McFarland Publishing Company. - June 1, 2011

Music Review

Spring 2011 Drew Magazine Classnotes - May 26, 2011

"Congratulations to Robert McParland, winner of the Bela Kornitzer Book Award for Charles Dickens's American Audience (Lexington Books, 2010). In the book he examines a national awareness that defined the American identity- its people, society, and culture- from the mid 19th Century to the turn of the 20th Century because of their love for Dickens and his stories. "Choice" cited it as "highly recommended," praising the author for providing "a diligent, thorough treatment of Americans' response to several of Dickens's works." - p.58 Drew Magazine (Spring 2011)

New Book: Bruce Springsteen and the American Soul - April 7, 2011

A new book on Bruce Springsteen has just been published. "Springsteen's American Stories: Devils in Dust and the Seeger Sessions," an essay by Bob McParland, appears in the newly published book Bruce Springsteen and the American Soul: Essays on the Songs and Influence of a Cultural Icon (McFarland, 2010), edited by David Garrett Izzo. The book is filled with reflections on Springsteen's work and impact across the past four decades. It includes insights from Adam Aliano, James Azar, Jonathan Caspi, Lisa Delmonico, Denise D. Green, Lincoln Konkle, April Lindner, Doug Morris, Keith Fudge, David Gellman, Jason W. Faulkner, Herpreet Kaur Grewal, Susan Hamburger, Barry Long, Lorraine Mangione, Marianne Murawski, Katherine Parkin, Alex Pitofsky, Lars A. Rossland, Elizabeth Seymour, Stevan Weine, Susan Woge, and Melanie Henwood. This is one very interesting, diverse collection. Proceeds from the book will benefit the New Jersey Commiunity Food Bank in Hillside, N.J..

New Book: Charles Dickens and his Readers - April 6, 2011

Pickering and Chatto has just published a book on Reading Audiences, including Bob McParland's essay on Charles Dickens's contemporaries and their responses to his work. This is a new essay that develops material beyond the book length study of Charles Dickens's American Audience, which is currently available in more than 170 college and university libraries in the United States. The new book, Reading the Material Text, is edited by Carrie Griffin, Mary O'Connell, and Graham Allen from University College in Cork, Ireland.

Concert in March a Success - March 6, 2011

The energy and enjoyment of an audience always makes an evening special. Thanks to the people who made the birthday concert on March 5 so lively with their singing. Bob McParland performed the show at The Barn, 530 Sicomac Avenue, Wyckoff, New Jersey on March 5. The show was preceded by a pot luck dinner.

Kornitzer Award - February 1, 2011

Bob McParland received the Korniter Book Award
on January 29 at Drew University, along with Sharon Sundue.
The book prize is named for journalist and Hungarian emigre Bela Kornitzer,
who interviewed and wrote on major American political figures. The award was
presented by Noemi Neidorff of St. Louis.

Choice Review - January 30, 2011

Robert McParland's Charles Dickens's American Audience
"highly recommended" in a featured review in Choice.

Literature Film Quarterly Review Notes Essay in Pedagogy of Film Adaptation - December 4, 2010

Literature Film Quarterly's review by Dean R. Cooledge (October/December 2010)says of new book on film "this book was definitely worth the wait." "Robert McParland shows how the film versions of Moby Dick and Billy Budd are valuable teaching tools...for class discussion. He uses the films and novel/novella intertextually to discover the essence of Melville's stories and to consider the goals of human beings under pressure."
The book on film adaptation is edited by Dennis Cutchins, Laurence Raw, James M. Welsh and includes an essay by Bob McParland on Huston and Bradbury's film of Melville's Moby Dick and Peter Ustinov's 'Billy Budd."
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