“A Blind Medium? Radio Drama and Disability.”
The Department of English presents a lecture by Emily Bloom of Columbia University: “A Blind Medium? Radio Drama and Disability.”
The first generation of radio scholars labeled radio “the blind medium” and returned obsessively to cataloging the benefits and drawbacks of blindness. This talk will consider the central role of disability metaphors for defining early radio for producers, writers, and critics, as well as the use of blind characters in radio drama to orient listeners into auditory space. Bloom will focus on representations of blindness in radio adaptations of H. G. Wells’s “The Country of the Blind,” which include different endings and significant alterations to the source material. Drawing upon the work of disability theorist Georgina Kleege, this talk explores how the sighted, in the auditory genre of radio drama, require blindness to see.
Emily Bloom is the author of The Wireless Past: Anglo-Irish Writers and the BBC, 1931-1968 (Oxford UP, 2016), which was awarded the First Book Prize by the Modernist Studies Association. The book chronicles the emergence of the BBC as a significant promotional platform and aesthetic influence for Irish modernism. Her current work examines disability and media in twentieth-century literature. She teaches in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University.
4 pm, Monday, March 2, 2020
Troy Moore Library, 25 Park Place, 23rd Floor
This event is free and open to the public.
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