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Moving beyond radio's textual affinities with neighboring forms of modernist art, this essay explores the listening practices and modes of aural experience associated with the medium during its initial growth period in the United States from 1920 to 1930. Challenging emphases on private...
This essay examines the limits and possibilities of the mid-century broadcasting field in Northern Ireland, by attending to the dynamic interplay at the BBC's Belfast station of three competing regional formations: the political regionalism of the Northern Irish state; the cultural...
Attempts to recover the audible experience of the Second World War are often frustrated by the paradox that the acoustic past is available in theory but elusive in practice. Focusing on the archival traces left by poet and broadcaster Louis MacNeice, this paper considers how scholars...
In the years before, and at the outbreak of, the Second World War radio drama on the BBC emerged as a genre through which particular questions about nation, home, decency and morality were articulated. At the same time listener research developed, under the auspices of Reith's BBC, as a...
Mulk Raj Anand's self-description – in a 1945 broadcast about war-time London – as an ‘impatient modernist’ highlights Anand's ability to harness the velocity of broadcast production, transmission, and reception into an aesthetic of speed. Pairing Anand's unpublished BBC scripts with his...
In this essay, I perform archival work on W. E. B. Du Bois's little known history with American radio in tandem with literary analysis to rethink how we have understood The Souls of Black Folk (1903) and Dusk of Dawn (1940) as sonic texts. First, I re-examine ‘the Veil’, Du Bois's famous...
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