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Writing the Radio War: Literature, Politics and the BBC, 1939-1945

Ian Whittington


Writing the Radio War positions the Second World War as a critical moment in the history of cultural mediation in Britain. Through chapters focusing on the ‘broadbrow’ radicalism of J.B. Priestley, ground-breaking works by Louis MacNeice and James Hanley at the BBC Features Department, frontline reporting by Denis Johnston, and the emergence of a West Indian literary identity in the broadcasts of Una Marson, Writing the Radio War explores how these writers capitalized on the particularities of the sonic medium to communicate their visions of wartime and postwar Britain and its empire. By combi ... More

Keywords: Radio, BBC, Literature, Second World War, World War II, Britain, British Identity, British Empire, Propaganda, Modernism, Radio Drama, Media History

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781474413596
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474413596.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ian Whittington, author