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Annexing the Oracular Voice

Debra Rae Cohen

in Broadcasting Modernism

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780813033495
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038315 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813033495.003.0009
Annexing the Oracular Voice

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This chapter argues for a historicized model of the “radiogenic”, positing that the very contradictions and cultural tensions that surrounded the developing image of wireless under the aegis of the BBC had formal literary impact and helped to shape the period's distinctive generic experiments. If the BBC was, as John Reith claimed, immune by nature of its peculiar monopoly status from the imputation of commercially “debasing the currency” of broadcasting, it was all the more vulnerable to being judged by the face on its coinage.

Keywords: BBC; wireless; John Reith; broadcasting; radio

Chapter.  6542 words. 

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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