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 hot media of radio and tv. contemplating the interlinked components of broadcasting ‘culture' and politics' during this interval, the ebook engages the radio writing and proclaims 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 via top foreign students, the volume's empirical-based process goals to open up new avenues for understandings of radiogenic writing within the mass-media age.
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This episode provides a small, but telling indication of that there was not necessarily a perfect fit between the agendas and needs of Yeats and the BBC, even if the collaboration between the two spanned several years. It is not unnatural to anticipate some dissension on the grounds of Anglo-Irish relations: the last few years of Yeats’s career, during which he worked with the BBC, includes some of his most outspoken attacks on British imperialism. Emily C. Bloom aptly uses Yeats’s reading of ‘The Curse of Cromwell’ and other poems dealing with Irish politics on the 3 July 1937 broadcast (titled ‘My Own Poetry’) to address related questions concerning ‘how Yeats imagined the politics and nationalities of his BBC audience’.
One of the first documentaries ever shown on BBC television, in November 1936, called ‘Cover to Cover’, sponsored by the National Book Council, featured interviews with T. S. Eliot, Julian Huxley, Somerset Maugham and Rebecca West (BFI database). The range of speakers indicates concerns about highbrow and middlebrow literature that are now being examined in Modernist studies. John Piper gave talks on London Galleries (The Times, Wednesday, 10 February 1937); Paul Nash gave commentaries on art. There were formalist experiments – especially in dance and drama, such as ‘Fugue for Four Cameras’ arranged by Anthony Tudor, and a masque based on The Eve of St Agnes, broadcast in October 1937.
Part One Broadcasting Culture in the Modernist Era 1 Pub, Parlour, Theatre Radio in the Imagination of W. B. Yeats Charles I. Armstrong University of Agder On 8 February 1937, dismayed by the poor quality of a BBC broadcast of his poems, W. B. Yeats wrote an abject letter to the BBC Talks Producer, George Barnes. 1 The recording had been made on the stage of the Abbey Theatre in Dublin, with readings and songs by John Stephenson and Rita Mooney, and Yeats had thought that everything had come off nicely on the day.