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Academics to debate Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen
Springsteen was brought up in New Jersey
The life and works of Bruce Springsteen are to be discussed by academics at a conference devoted to the star.

More than 150 papers are being presented at the symposium at Monmouth University in New Jersey, Springsteen's home state, from 9 September.

Discussions include "A Marxist Perspective on Darkness on the Edge of Town" and "The Boss and the Bible".

Organiser Kenneth Womack said the event focused on Springsteen because "he was always shooting for something higher".

The English professor cited Springsteen's lyrics on class and community, and his overt patriotism, as among the reasons he was so worthy of academic debate.

Feminism and Springsteen

More than 500-people are expected to attend the three-day symposium, titled Glory Days, with a concert inspired by Springsteen's music also being staged.

Also on the itinerary is a guided tour of Asbury Park, the inspiration for his first album Greetings From Asbury Park, NJ.

Although the conference is not restricted to academics, Mr Womack is hoping "it is not too fan-nish".

"I hope people are thinking carefully about their arguments," he said.

Other titles up for debate include "Springsteen is to New Jersey what Santa Claus is to the North Pole" and "Feminism and Springsteen".

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