Department of English

Emily Bloom Book Prize Winner

Sun, September 3, 2017
Emily Bloom Book Prize Winner
Emily Bloom

The Modernist Studies Association awarded is Prize for a First Book to Emily B. Bloom’s The Wireless Past: Anglo-Irish Writers and the BBC, 1931-1968 (Oxford University Press, 2016). In this text, Bloom examines how modern literature was shaped by the new medium of radio. Bloom argues authors like W.B. Yeats, Louis MacNeice, Elizabeth Bowen, and Samuel Beckett developed distinctive techniques for conceptualizing radio publics, reimagining space for modern poetics and highlighting the complexities of communication particularly in times of war. Through case studies and intimate analysis of works, The Wirelass Past makes a significant contribution to the field of radio modernism and modernist studies.

A UT English department alumna, Emily Bloom is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University and Associate Director of the Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for Humanities.

Also by Bloom: “BBC rejected Waiting for Godot as ‘too Irish’” published in The Irish Times


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