Audio Drama Modernism: The Missing Link between Descriptive Phonograph Sketches and Microphone Plays on the Radio The Missing Link between Descriptive Phonograph Sketches and Microphone Plays on the Radio

Crook, Tim. 2020. Audio Drama Modernism: The Missing Link between Descriptive Phonograph Sketches and Microphone Plays on the Radio The Missing Link between Descriptive Phonograph Sketches and Microphone Plays on the Radio. Singapore: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 9789811582400 [Book]

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Audio Drama and Modernism traces the development of political and modernist sound drama during the first 40 years of the 20th Century. It demonstrates how pioneers in the phonograph age made significant, innovative contributions to sound fiction before, during, and after the Great War. In stunning detail, Tim Crook examines prominent British modernist radio writers and auteurs, revealing how they negotiated their agitational contemporaneity against the forces of Institutional containment and dramatic censorship. The book tells the story of key figures such as Russell Hunting, who after being jailed for making ‘sound pornography’ in the USA, travelled to Britain to pioneer sound comedy and montage in the pre-Radio age; Reginald Berkeley who wrote the first full-length anti-war play for the BBC in 1925; and D.G. Bridson, Olive Shapley and Joan Littlewood who all struggled to give a Marxist voice to the working classes on British radio.

Item Type:

Book

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-15-8241-7

Keywords:

modernism, radio drama, phonograph, audio, sound, political drama, censorship, Russell Hunting, D.G. Bridson, Reginald Berkeley, Joan Littlewood, Olive Shapley, The White Château, Machines, The Classic Soil, BBC, Great War

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Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Media, Communications and Cultural Studies > Centre for the Study of Global Media and Democracy

Date:

20 November 2020

Item ID:

29223

Date Deposited:

14 Sep 2020 09:07

Last Modified:

14 Jan 2021 12:37

URI:

https://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/29223

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