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“We Speak to India”

Michael Coyle

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/9780813033495.003.0011
“We Speak to India”

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Historians often use the outbreak of war to mark breaks in historical development, but Eliot's radio work suggests the extent to which even the cataclysm of war should be understood in terms of longer historical duration. At precisely the same time Horkheimer and Adorno, responding to the ways that National Socialism had seized German radio, were developing a hermeneutics of suspicion, Eliot continued to understand both radio and the culture to which he saw it as servant in idealist terms. For all the differences between John Reith and Eliot, they shared the conviction that the ideals of “culture” could and must remain untainted by politics. This chapter suggests that this development in Eliot's cultural-critical position could only have happened using the medium and genre of the radio talk.

Keywords: Ezra Pound; John Reith; India; Adorno; radio talk

Chapter.  8839 words. 

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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