Representing the fragmented mind: reinterpreting a classic radio feature as 'sonic psychology'

Hendy, David (2013) Representing the fragmented mind: reinterpreting a classic radio feature as 'sonic psychology'. Radio Journal, 11 (1). pp. 29-45. ISSN 1476-4504

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Abstract

This article explores the intertwining of ideas about radio and popular psychology in broadcasting's formative years by focusing on the case study of one pioneering BBC producer, Lance Sieveking. Using Sieveking's private papers and other archival sources, the article attempts to reconstruct his private and emotional life in order to help us understand more fully the unusual and experimental programmes he made in the late 1920s. A focus on Sieveking shows an early example of radio being used as a medium capable of representing - and exploring - one's 'inner life'. More specifically, in the 1920s, Sieveking's work is an example of radio being used as a means of working through anxieties and neuroses that are a recognised feature of life in Britain in the aftermath of World War 1. It argues that when analysing the creative process in radio - which is, after all, what Paddy Scannell has called a "human made" thing - we might want to attend more closely to the personal psychology of its producers.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Media, Film and Music > Media and Film
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF0173 Psychoanalysis
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF0309 Consciousness. Cognition Including learning, attention, comprehension, memory, imagination, genius, intelligence, thought and thinking, psycholinguistics, mental fatigue
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF0511 Affection. Feeling. Emotion
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF0698 Personality
C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CT Biography > CT0021 Biography as an art or literary form
C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CT Biography > CT3200 Biography. By subject > CT9960 Other miscellaneous groups Including adventurers, eccentrics, misers, etc.
D History General and Old World > DA History of Great Britain > DA020 England > DA129 By period > DA300 Modern, 1485- > DA566 20th century
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics > P0087 Communication. Mass media
Depositing User: David Hendy
Date Deposited: 10 Jan 2014 08:46
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2017 05:53
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/47341

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