Townsend Center Berkeley Book Chat: Tom McEnaney: Acoustic Properties: Radio, Narrative, and the New Neighborhood of the Americas
Lecture | April 18 | 12-1 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220 Stephens
In his study of the coevolution of radio and the novel in Argentina, Cuba, and the United States, Tom McEnaney, assistant professor of comparative literature and Spanish & Portuguese, explores how novelists in the radio age transformed realism as they struggled to channel and shape popular power. Acoustic Properties: Radio, Narrative, and the New Neighborhood of the Americas (Northwestern, 2017) engages literary works by such authors as Richard Wright, John Dos Passos, and Raymond Chandler, alongside Che Guevara and Fidel Castros Radio Rebelde, FDRs fireside chats, and Evita Peróns populist radio melodramas.
After an introduction by Mark Goble, Professor McEnaney will speak briefly about his work and then open the floor for discussion.