Mark Hulsether, PhD
Several of Mark Hulsether's past publications have dealt with the cultural politics of end-times themes in twentieth century US religion. Most notable, perhaps, are sections about this subject in Religion, Culture, and Politics in the Twentieth Century United States (New York: Columbia University Press, 2007), one of which was reprinted in Cultural Studies: an Anthology, ed Michael Ryan (Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2008). Dr. Hulsether's first book dealt extensively with how left-wing Protestant social thinkers used categories related to “eschatology” (in “utopian” and critical/dystopian veins) if not always “apocalypse” straight on. His most recent publication, “Four Levels of Religious Meaning in Bob Dylan’s Music and Why It Matters to Hear Them All,” in New Approaches to Bob Dylan, ed. Anne-Marie Mai (Odense: University of Southern Denmark, 2019) discusses how Dylan’s influential critical or prophetic voice intersects with his Jewish and Christian prophetic influences that have often crossed over into the “apocalyptic.” This sort of reflection, relevant also to other musicians like Bob Marley and Lupe Fiasco, are part of a book he is now working on called Listening for More: Spirituality and Cultural Critique in American Popular Music.