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Christine Hand Jones joined the writing and reasoning faculty at SMU in 2022, but she he has been teaching university writing, literature, and songwriting courses since 2009. She is interested in the intersections of music, literature, and social movements, and her recent work has focused on Bob Dylan, The Band, and Paul Simon. Jones's educational background is split between music and literature. She has a BA in music business and an MA in English and liberal arts from Dallas Baptist University, and she holds a PhD in literary studies from the University of Texas at Dallas, which she earned largely by writing about the music and lyrics of Bob Dylan. When not in the classroom, Christine is an active singer-songwriter.
Publications and Presentations:
“The Day the Music Lived: How Bob Dylan and The Band Paved the Way for Southern Rock,” in Rags and Bones: A Multidisciplinary Exploration of The Band, University of Mississippi Press, 2022.
"Review of Standing in the Doorway and Blonde on the Tracks," in The Dylan Review Vol 3.2 Fall/Winter 2021-2022.
“Book Review: The Monk’s Record Player: Thomas Merton, Bob Dylan, and the Perilous Summer of 1966.” Christianity and Literature, Aug. 14, 2019
“Bringing it All Back Home and Dylan’s Postmodern Apocalypse,” 2019 World of Bob Dylan International Symposium.
“The Sound of Nonsense in Paul Simon,” 2018 Association for Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers.
“Bob Dylan and the End of the (Modern) World," Spring 2015 Friday Symposium Lecture Series, Dallas Baptist University.