By Tom McEnaney
Based on unique archival examine in Buenos Aires, Havana, Paris, and the U.S., the e-book develops a literary media concept that knows sound as a transmedial phenomenon and radio as a transnational medium. examining the development of recent social and political family within the wake of the U.S.’ Thirties strong Neighbor coverage, Acoustic Properties demanding situations usual narratives of hemispheric impact via new readings of Richard Wright’s cinematic paintings in Argentina, Severo Sarduy’s radio performs in France, and novels by way of John Dos Passos, Manuel Puig, Raymond Chandler, and Carson McCullers. along those writers, the booklet additionally explores Che Guevara and Fidel Castro’s Radio Rebelde, FDR’s fireplace chats, Félix Caignet’s invention of the radionovela in Cuba, Evita Perón’s populist melodramas in Argentina, Orson Welles’s experimental New Deal radio, Cuban and U.S. “radio wars,” and the Nineteen Sixties African American activist Robert F. Williams’s proto–black strength Radio loose Dixie.
From the doldrums of the good melancholy to the tumult of the Cuban Revolution, Acoustic Properties illuminates how novelists within the radio age switched over writing right into a perform of listening, remodeling realism as they struggled to channel and form well known power.