Broadcasting in the Modernist Era by Matthew Feldman

By Matthew Feldman

The period of literary modernism coincided with a dramatic enlargement of broadcast media all through Europe, which challenged avant-garde writers with new modes of writing and supplied them with an international viewers for his or her paintings. Historicizing those advancements and drawing on new resources for learn – together with the BBC information and different vital collections - Broadcasting within the Modernist Era explores the ways that canonical writers engaged with the recent media of radio and tv. contemplating the interlinked parts of broadcasting ‘culture' and politics' during this interval, the ebook engages the radio writing and declares of such writers as Virginia Woolf, W. B. Yeats, Ezra Pound, T. S. Eliot, James Joyce, George Orwell, E. M. Forster, J. B. Priestley, Dorothy L. Sayers, David Jones and Jean-Paul Sartre. With chapters through major foreign students, the volume's empirical-based method goals to open up new avenues for understandings of radiogenic writing within the mass-media age.

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This apparently comic story, which Joyce had heard from his father (and which has deeper roots than the Crimean setting implies), is reframed in Finnegans Wake within a dialogue between two vaudeville performers: Taff, the compère, and Butt, the narrator, reminiscing about his days as a soldier. Their dialogue is thought to be a television programme, being transmitted through a new set into a pub. It is temptingly useful to simplify and narrow things down to such a realist level, but uncertainties abound: are they televised, or standing on stage, or in a pub, beside a TV perhaps?

The remaining broadcast manuscript, the 1936 ‘Modern Poetry: A Broadcast’, has been published in Yeats (1994). 3 For a list of all BBC broadcasts of Yeats’s works from 1926 to 1930, see Silver (1987: 182–183). ”: Yeats and audibility’, which was presented at a conference on ‘Yeats and the Arts’ at NUI-Galway, 26 August 2011. It is to be published in the Yeats Annual, no. 19. 5 ‘A Poet Broadcasts’, Belfast News-Letter (9 September 1931), 6, cited in Schuchard (2008): 342. 6 On Theodor W. Adorno’s critique of the radio, see Jenemann (2009).

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