TUNING IN THE NEO-AVANT-GARDE
Experimental Radio Plays in the Postwar Period
edited by Inge Arteel, Lars Bernaerts, Siebe Bluijs, Pim Verhulst
Manchester University Press, 2021
Bringing together an international and diverse group of scholars, Tuning in to the neo-avant-garde offers the first in-depth study of the radio medium’s significance as a site of artistic experimentation for the literary neo-avant-garde in the postwar period. Covering radio works from the 1950s until the 2010s, the collection charts how artists across the UK, Europe and North America continued as well as reacted to the legacies of the historical avant-garde and modernism, operating within different national broadcasting contexts, by placing radio in an intermedial dialogue with prose, poetry, theatre, music and film. In doing so, the volume explores a wide variety of acoustic genres – radio play, feature, electroacoustic music, radiophonic poem, radio opera – to show that the medium deserves to occupy a more central place than it currently does in studies of literature, (inter)media(lity) and the (neo-)avant-garde.