Radio / body

Phenomenology and dramaturgies of radio

By Farokh Soltani

Radio / body


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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-4981-7
  • Pages: 248
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £85.00
  • Published Date: December 2020
  • BIC Category: Film and Media, Radio, PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / History & Criticism, Theatre Studies, PERFORMING ARTS / Radio / General, Society & social sciences / Media studies, The arts / Radio, PERFORMING ARTS / Radio / History & Criticism, Theatre: Technical & Background Skills


This study provides an in-depth exploration of the dramaturgical practices of radio drama and their underlying philosophical assumptions. By presenting an analytical model drawn from phenomenology, it challenges the current understanding of the medium, instead focusing on the bodily and aural aspects of radio drama, while offering a critique of the conventions of dramaturgical practice for neglecting these affective sonic aspects. Tracing these conventions through the history of the development of radio drama, it proposes that a more bodily, resonant mode of radio dramaturgy is best placed to meet the demands of the current era of digital production and distribution. The book also examines a number of approaches to creating a more embodied experience for the listener.


Introduction: the problem of radio drama
1 Radio thinks, radio sees: the theatre of the mind and beyond
2 Radio listens: a phenomenological model of radio drama
3 How does radio listen? The semantic paradigm of British radio dramaturgy and its problems
4 Radio learns to listen: a genealogy of the semantic paradigm of radio dramaturgy
5 Radio listens to itself: resonant radio dramaturgies


Farokh Soltani is Lecturer in Writing for Broadcast Media and Performance at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London

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