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256 Pages

6.14 x 9.21 inches

ISBN: 9781474413596


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Writing the Radio War

Literature, Politics and the BBC, 1939-1945

Ian Whittington

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Edinburgh Critical Studies in War and Culture

  • Merges the fields of sound studies, radio studies, and Second World War literary studies through considerations of both major and marginalized figures of wartime broadcasting
  • Brings substantial but underused archival material (from the BBC Written Archives Centre, the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, the British Library, and other archives) to bear on the cultural importance of radio during the war
  • Foregrounds the role of radio in bridging literary movements from the highbrow to the middlebrow, and from the regional to the imperial
  • Draws on Listener Research Reports, listener correspondence, newspaper coverage, and surveys by Mass Observation and the Wartime Social Survey in order to capture listeners' responses to wartime broadcasting in general as well as specific programs
  • Fills a gap in accounts of literary radio broadcasting, between Todd Avery's Radio Modernism (which ends at 1939) and postwar accounts of the Third Programme (by Humphrey Carpenter and Kate Whitehead) and individual writer-broadcasters
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