Broadcasting modernity: eloquent listening in the early twentieth century

Lewty, Jane A. (2002) Broadcasting modernity: eloquent listening in the early twentieth century. PhD thesis, University of Glasgow.

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This thesis, ‘Broadcasting Modernity’ is an account of sound technology, namely wireless, as a feature of early twentieth century literature. If modernism is a historical-specific movement, and language a repository of time, then the advent of radio broadcasting cannot be ignored - a medium which inscribed itself into the pages of books. The present study is original, in that it establishes radio as a portal through which to regard the wider cultural mentality, cross-cutting, or ‘crashing’ the written word, and thus producing the effect of two wires instantly reacting to one another. Therefore, just as radio may be accessed through literature, certain texts between 1900-1945 may be reinterpreted acoustically. To qualify this argument, a select group of writers are discussed individually, and at length – figures who allowed radio to affect their creative output, at various levels, in a period of rapid technological change.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0080 Criticism
P Language and Literature > PE English
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1990 Broadcasting
Colleges/Schools: College of Arts & Humanities > School of Critical Studies > English Literature
Supervisor's Name: Pascoe, Dr. David
Date of Award: 2002
Depositing User: Elaine Ballantyne
Unique ID: glathesis:2002-1634
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 05 Mar 2010
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2012 13:44

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