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    I switch off: Beckett and the ordeals of radio

    Connor, Steven (2009) I switch off: Beckett and the ordeals of radio. In: Cohen, D.R. and Coyle, M. and Lewty, J. (eds.) Broadcasting Modernism. Gainesville, U.S.: University of Florida Press, pp. 274-293. ISBN 9780813033495.

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    Book synopsis: It has long been accepted that film helped shape the modernist novel and that modernist poetry would be inconceivable without the typewriter. Yet radio, a key influence on modernist literature, remains the invisible medium. The contributors to Broadcasting Modernism argue that radio led to changes in textual and generic forms. Modernist authors embraced the emerging medium, creating texts that were to be heard but not read, incorporating the device into their stories, and using it to publicize their work. They saw in radio the same spirit of experimentation that animated modernism itself. Because early broadcasts were rarely recorded, radio's influence on literary modernism often seems equally ephemeral in the historical record. Broadcasting Modernism helps fill this void, providing a new perspective for modernist studies even as it reconfigures the landscape of the era itself.


    Item Type: Book Section
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Creative Arts, Culture and Communication
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    Date Deposited: 17 Mar 2011 11:42
    Last Modified: 09 Aug 2023 12:29


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