Biography and the emotions as a missing 'narrative' in media history: a case study of Lance Sieveking and the early BBC

Hendy, David (2012) Biography and the emotions as a missing 'narrative' in media history: a case study of Lance Sieveking and the early BBC. Media History, 18 (3-4). pp. 361-378. ISSN 1368-8804

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Abstract

Drawing on the unpublished private papers and fictional writing of the pioneering BBC producer Lance Sieveking (1896–1972), this article argues that a sustained focus on the biographical background of media professionals can broaden the scope of broadcasting history while offering a necessary narrative coherence. In the case of Sieveking, the article provides new detail on his family background, his wartime experience, and the part he played in the broader cultural networks of interwar Britain, in order to argue that many of the programmes he and his contemporaries made in the 1920s and 1930s should be understood as highly personal responses to the artistic and political world trends of the period. Further, in arguing for the merits of biography, the article draws on recent scholarship in ‘the history of emotions’ to suggest that a focus on the private life histories of media professionals can also advance our understanding of bodies such as the BBC as complex ‘emotional communities’ rather than as ‘total’ institutions.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: BBC, 1920s, 1930s, radio, Lance Sieveking, emotions, biography,war, modernism
Schools and Departments: School of Media, Film and Music > Media and Film
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics > P0087 Communication. Mass media
Depositing User: Sarah Maddox
Date Deposited: 09 Nov 2012 09:34
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2017 05:53
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/41481

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