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Debra Rae Cohen, Michael Coyle, and Jane Lewty

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780813033495

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813033495.001.0001

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Annexing the Oracular Voice

Annexing the Oracular Voice

Form, Ideology, and the BBC

(p.142) Chapter 8 Annexing the Oracular Voice
Broadcasting Modernism

Debra Rae Cohen

University Press of Florida

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

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