Tuning in to the neo-avant-garde

Experimental radio plays in the postwar period

Edited by Inge Arteel, Lars Bernaerts, Siebe Bluijs and Pim Verhulst

Tuning in to the neo-avant-garde


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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-5571-9
  • Pages: 272
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £85.00
  • Published Date: July 2021
  • BIC Category: The arts / Film, TV & radio, The arts / Radio, Humanities / Postwar 20th century history, from c 1945 to c 2000, Literature & literary studies / Literature: history & criticism, LITERARY CRITICISM / Modern / 20th Century, PERFORMING ARTS / Radio / History & Criticism, DRAMA / General, Films, cinema, Theatre Studies


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.


Part I: The poetics of the radiophonic neo-avant-garde
1 Transnational, untranslatable: Apollinaire in Freddy de Vree's multilingual radiophonic composition A Pollen in the Air - Lars Bernaerts
2 Radiophonic art and electroacoustic music: an aesthetic controversy during the establishment of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop and the radiophonic poem Private Dreams and Public Nightmares - Tatiana Eichenberger
3 A forefront in the aftermath? Recorded sound and the state of audio play on post-'golden age' US network radio - Harry Heuser
4 Croaks and calls: posthuman sound ecologies in the neo-avant-garde - Jesper Olsson
5 Textual and audiophonic collage in Dutch and Flemish radio plays - Siebe Bluijs
6 'Ja, ja, so schön klingt das Schreckliche': an audionarratological analysis of Andreas Ammer and FM Einheit's Lost & Found: Das Paradies­ - Jarmila Mildorf
Part II: The acoustic neo-avant-garde between theatre, music and poetry
7 Poetry on the Austrian radio: sound, voice and intermediality - Daniel Gilfillan
8 Gerhard Rühm's radiophonic poetry - Roland Innerhofer
9 A theatre of choric voices: Jandl and Mayröcker's radio play Spaltungen - Inge Arteel
10 Language, sound and textuality: Caryl Churchill's Identical Twins as neo-avant-garde (radio) drama - Pim Verhulst
11 Studio audience: Glenn Gould's contrapuntal radio - Adam J. Frank


Inge Arteel is Associate Professor of German Literature at the Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Lars Bernaerts is Associate Professor of Dutch Literature at the Department of Literary Studies of Ghent University
Siebe Bluijs is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Department of Communication and Cognition of Tilburg University
Pim Verhulst is a Postdoctoral Researcher and Teaching Assistant at the Department of English Literature of the University of Antwerp

Tuning in to the neo-avant-garde

Edited by Inge Arteel, Lars Bernaerts, Siebe Bluijs, Pim Verhulst

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