|Title||'Countries in the Air': Travel and Geomodernism in Louis MacNeice's BBC Features|
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.
|Keywords||BBC Radio, Empire, Features, Geomodernism, Spatiality, Travel, MacNeice.|
|Journal citation||24 (2), pp. 226-238|
|Publisher||Taylor & Francis|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||doi:10.1080/13688804.2018.1471349|
|Published||11 May 2018|