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Author Verma, Neil.

Title Theater of the Mind : Imagination, Aesthetics, and American Radio Drama
Published Chicago, IL : University of Chicago Press, 2012
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Description 1 online resource (305 pages)
Contents Acknowledgments; Introduction: What Is the "Theater of the Mind"?; Part 1: Radio Aesthetics in the Late Depression, 1937-1945; 1. Dramas of Space and Time; 2. Producing Perspective in Radio; 3. Intimate and Kaleidosonic Styles; 4. Norman Corwin's People's Radio; Part 2: Communication and Interiority in 1940s Radio, 1941-1950; 5. Honeymoon Shocker; 6. Dramas of Susceptibility and Transmission; 7. Eavesdropper, Ventriloquist, Signalman; Part 3: Radio and the Postwar Mood, 1945-1955; 8. Later Than You Think?; 9. Just the Facts; 10. In Trials; Coda: Instruction and Excavation
Guide to Radio ProgramsNotes; Index
Summary For generations, fans and critics have characterized classic American radio drama as a "theater of the mind." This book unpacks that characterization by recasting the radio play as an aesthetic object within its unique historical context. In Theater of the Mind, Neil Verma applies an array of critical methods to more than six thousand recordings to produce a vivid new account of radio drama from the Depression to the Cold War. In this sweeping exploration of dramatic conventions, Verma investigates legendary dramas by the likes of Norman Corwin, Lucille Fletcher, an
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Radio broadcasting -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Radio plays, American -- History and criticism -- 20th century.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0226853527