By Tom McEnaney
Based on unique archival learn in Buenos Aires, Havana, Paris, and the us, the booklet develops a literary media conception that is familiar with sound as a transmedial phenomenon and radio as a transnational medium. interpreting the development of recent social and political relatives within the wake of the U.S.’ Nineteen Thirties reliable Neighbor coverage, Acoustic Properties demanding situations average narratives of hemispheric effect via new readings of Richard Wright’s cinematic paintings in Argentina, Severo Sarduy’s radio performs in France, and novels by way of John Dos Passos, Manuel Puig, Raymond Chandler, and Carson McCullers. along those writers, the publication additionally explores Che Guevara and Fidel Castro’s Radio Rebelde, FDR’s fireplace chats, Félix Caignet’s invention of the radionovela in Cuba, Evita Perón’s populist melodramas in Argentina, Orson Welles’s experimental New Deal radio, Cuban and U.S. “radio wars,” and the Sixties African American activist Robert F. Williams’s proto–black energy Radio loose Dixie.
From the doldrums of the good melancholy to the tumult of the Cuban Revolution, Acoustic Properties illuminates how novelists within the radio age switched over writing right into a perform of listening, reworking realism as they struggled to channel and form well known power.
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