'Countries in the Air': Travel and Geomodernism in Louis MacNeice's BBC Features

Lodhi, A. 2018. 'Countries in the Air': Travel and Geomodernism in Louis MacNeice's BBC Features. Media History. 24 (2), pp. 226-238. doi:10.1080/13688804.2018.1471349

Title'Countries in the Air': Travel and Geomodernism in Louis MacNeice's BBC Features
AuthorsLodhi, A.
Abstract

In the middle stretch of his twenty-two-year BBC career, the poet and producer Louis MacNeice earned a reputation as one of the ‘undisputed masters of creative sound broadcasting’, a reputation derived, in part, from a huge range of radio features that were founded upon his journeys abroad. Through close examination of some of his most significant overseas soundscapes – including Portrait of Rome (1947) and Portrait of Delhi (1948) – this article will consider the role and function of travel in shaping MacNeice’s engagement with the radio feature as a modernist form at a particular transcultural moment when Britain moved through the end of the Second World War and the eventual disintegration of its empire.

KeywordsBBC Radio, Empire, Features, Geomodernism, Spatiality, Travel, MacNeice.
JournalMedia History
Journal citation24 (2), pp. 226-238
ISSN1368-8804
Year2018
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Accepted author manuscriptLodhi_MH_Countries in the Air_Corrected Final May 2018.pdf
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1080/13688804.2018.1471349
Publication dates
Published11 May 2018

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