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The Wireless Past: Anglo-Irish Writers and the BBC, 1931-1968

Emily C. Bloom


The Wireless Past chronicles the emergence of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) as a significant promotional platform and aesthetic influence for Irish modernism from the 1930s to the 1960s. This is the first book-length study of Irish literary broadcasting on the BBC by W. B. Yeats, Elizabeth Bowen, Louis MacNeice, and Samuel Beckett, all of whom wrote original programmes for the BBC. These writers are representative of a larger phenomenon in which significant numbers of Anglo-Irish writers and producers flocked to the BBC in this period as censorship and political changes at home pu ... More

Keywords: Radio Broadcasting, literary modernism, mid-Century modernism, archives, Second World War, Irish literature, British literature, British Broadcasting Corporation, drama, radio drama, revivalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198749615
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198749615.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Emily C. Bloom, author
Columbia University