Secondary Area of Study Reading List

At the University of Guelph, in order to complete a PhD, rather than use an exam based candidacy process, students compile a portfolio of work that they have completed to show that they are competent in a given area. For the secondary area of study, students are to create a list of books that they will master, create two courses, write an article length paper and present on that paper in a conference style presentation.

This posting is just a copy of my list of books. I’ve chosen an odd topic for my paper – the representations of Shakespearean drama on the American radio between 1920-1940. I’ve avoided looking at them as adaptations – for example, the Jack Benny Minstrel Show version of Romeo and Juliet in 1936 – but focused on the straight Shakespeare that was done. There was quite a bit of it!

As I have chosen an odd topic, and I am primarily an English Literature scholar rather than a media studies scholar (I hate academic lines in the sand, but I’ll do what I must for this assignment), I have compiled a list that shows literature’s interaction with radio throughout the modernist period. As far as I am concerned, this list is to show basic familiarity with the major works of canonical modernism; basic familiarity with radio’s adaptation of “literature”; basic familiarity of the popular forms of literature circulating in the early 20th Century.

Any comments on what follows, in terms of choices, recommendations or anything else, please add to what you see.

If anyone is interested, I could write a little about what I thought of each of these books in a future posting.

Ph.D Reading List (SAS)
Andrew Bretz

Modernism & Radio Studies

  1. Auden, W. H. and Christopher Isherwood. The Dog Beneath the Skin or Where is Francis: A Play in Three Acts. London: Faber and Faber, 1935.
  2. Barnes, Djuna. Nightwood. New York: New Directions, 1961.
  3. Beckett, Samuel. Murphy. New York: Grove, 1957.
  4. Brecht, Berthold. Mother Courage and Her Children. London: Methuen, 1983.
  5. Chesterton, G. K. The Man Who Was Thursday: A Nightmare. Markham, ON: Penguin, 1986.
  6. Christie, Agatha. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd. New York: Berkeley Books, 2004.
  7. Conrad, Joseph and Ford Madox Ford. The Nature of a Crime. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1924.
  8. Eliot, T.S. “The Waste Land.” Modern Poems. Ed. Richard Ellmann and Robert
  9. O’Clair. 2nd ed. New York: W.W. Norton, 1989. 282-94.
  10. –. “Murder in the Cathedral.” The Complete Plays. New York, NY: Harcourt, Brace and World, 1969.
  11. Faulkner, William. The Sound and the Fury. New York: Random House, 1956.
  12. Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Last Tycoon, an Unfinished Novel, Together with The Great Gatsby. New York, NY: Scribner, 1951.
  13. Forster, E.M. Howard’s End. New York: Vintage Books, 1961.
  14. Greene, Graham. The Power and the Glory. New York: Viking P, 1940.
  15. Hammett, Dashiell. The Glass Key. New York: Vintage Books, 1972.
  16. Hemingway, Ernest. The Sun Also Rises. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1954.
  17. –. For Whom the Bell Tolls. Philadelphia: Blakiston, 1940.
  18. Hughes, Langston. The Weary Blues. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1926.
  19. Joyce, James. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. New York: Penguin Books, 1993.
  20. Lawrence, D.H. Sons and Lovers. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2005.
  21. Lovecraft, H. P. At the Mountains of Madness. New York: Modern Library, 2005.
  22. MacLeish, Archibald. Conquistador. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1933.
  23. Millay, Edna St. Vincent. Collected Sonnets. New York: Harper Row, 1988.
  24. O’Brien, Flann. The Third Policeman. Normal: Dalkey Archive, 1999.
  25. O’Casey, Sean. “Shadow of a Gunman.” Two Plays: Juno and the Paycock, The Shadow of a Gunman. London: MacMillan, 1925.
  26. Odetts, Clifford. “Waiting for Lefty.” Three Plays: Awake and Sing, Waiting for Lefty, Till the Day I Die. New York, NY: Random House, 1935.
  27. O’Neill, Eugene. Long Day’s Journey into Night. New Haven: Yale UP, 1989.
  28. Orwell, George. Homage to Catalonia. London: Secker and Warburg, 1997.
  29. Porter, Katherine Anne. Flowering Judas and Other Stories. New York: Modern Library, 1958.
  30. Pound, Ezra. Hugh Selwyn Mauberley. London: Ovid, 1920.
  31. –. The Cantos of Ezra Pound (I-LXXXIV). New York, NY: Harcourt Brace World, 1950.
  32. Pratt, E.J. Brebeuf and his Brethren. Toronto: Macmillan, 1974.
  33. Stein, Gertrude. Tender Buttons. Mineola: Dover, 1997.
  34. Steinbeck, John. Tortilla Flat. Toronto, ON: Bantam Books, 1965.
  35. Wilder, Thornton. “Our Town.” Three Plays. New York: Perennial Library, 1985.
  36. Williams, William Carlos. The Complete Collected Poems of William Carlos Williams, 1906-1938. Norfolk, CN: New Directions, 1938.
  37. Woolf, Virginia. Mrs. Dalloway. New York: Oxford UP, 2000.
  38. Wright, Richard. Native Son. New York: Modern Library, 1940.
  39. Yeats, William Butler. Selected poems. Modern Poems. Ed. Richard Ellmann and Robert O’Clair. 2nd ed. New York: W.W. Norton, 1989. 69-98.
  40. Archer, Gleason L. The History of Radio to 1926. New York : Arno Press, 1971.
  41. Avery, Todd. Radio Modernism: Literature, Ethics and the BBC, 1922-1938. Aldershot, UK: Ashgate, 2006.
  42. Adorno, Theodor and Max Horkheimer. Dialectic of Enlightenment. New York, NY: Herder and Herder, 1972.
  43. Baker, Houston A. Modernism and the Harlem Renaissance. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 1987.
  44. Benjamin, Walter. “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction.” Illuminations: Essays and Reflections. Ed. Hannah Arendt. New York, NY: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1968.
  45. Bentley, Eric. “This is the New Criticism” Kenyon Review. 8: Autumn 1946, 672-4.
  46. Brooks, Cleanth and Robert Penn Warren. Understanding Poetry. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1988.
  47. Cantril, Hadley and Gordon W. Allport. The Psychology of Radio. The History of Broadcasting: Radio to Television. New York: Arno Press, 1971.
  48. Communication in History: Technology, Culture, Society. Eds. David Crowley and Paul Heyer. New York, London: Longman, 1991.
  49. Culture, Communication, And Dependency: The Tradition Of H. A. Innis. Eds. William H. Melody, Liora Salter, Paul Heyer. Norwood, N.J. : Ablex Pub. Corp., 1981.
  50. Crisell, Andrew. Understanding Radio. London: Routledge, 1994.
  51. Crook, Tim. Radio Drama: Theory and Practice. London: Routledge, 1999.
  52. DiPietro, Cary. Shakespeare and Modernism. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2006.
  53. Douglas, Susan. Listening In: Radio and the American Imagination. Minneapolis, MN: U of Minnesota P, 2004.
  54. Dunning, John. On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old Time Radio. Oxford: Oxford UP, 1998.
  55. Eliot, T.S. The Sacred Wood: Essays in Poetry and Criticism. London: Methuen, 1920.
  56. Fortner, Robert S. Radio, Morality and Culture: Britain, Canada and the United States, 1919-1945. Carbondale, IL: Southern Illinois UP, 2005.
  57. Godfrey, Donald G. Methods of Historical Analysis in Electronic Media. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2006.
  58. Grady, Hugh. The Modernist Shakespeare. Oxford: Oxford UP, 1991.
  59. Halpern, Richard. Shakespeare Among the Moderns. Ithaca, NY: Cornell UP, 1997.
  60. Heyer, Paul. Communications and History: Theories of Media, Knowledge and Civilization. New York: Greenwood Press, 1988.
  61. —. The Medium and the Magician: Orson Welles, the Radio Years, 1934-1952. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2005.
  62. Hilmes, Michele. Radio Voices: American Broadcasting 1922-1952. Minneapolis: U of Minnesota P, 1997.
  63. —. Radio Reader: Essays in the Cultural History of Radio. London: Routledge, 2001.
  64. Innis, Harold Adams. Empire and Communications. Rev. Ed. Victoria, BC: Press Porcépic, 1986.
  65. —. Bias of Communication. Intro. Marshall McLuhan. Toronto : University of Toronto Press, 1954.
  66. Levinson, Michael. A Genealogy of Modernism: A Study of English Literary Doctrine 1908-1922. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1984.
  67. Matheson, Hilda. Broadcasting. London: T. Butterworth, Ltd, 1933.
  68. McLuhan, Marhsall. Understanding Media. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1964.
  69. Miller, Edward D. Emergency Broadcasting and 1930s American Radio. Philadelphia: Temple UP, 2003.
  70. Obler, Arch. “The Art of Radio Writing,” Fourteen Radio Plays. New York, Random House, 1940.
  71. Radio and its Future. Ed. Martin Codel. New York: Arno Press and the New York Times, (1930) 1971.
  72. Shakespeare and Modern Theatre: The Performance of Modernity. Ed. Michael Bristol. New York: Routledge, 2001.
  73. Summers, Harrison B. ed. Radio Censorship. The History of Broadcasting: Radio to Television. New York: Arno Press, 1971.
  74. Stamps, Charles Henry. The Concept of the Mass Audience in American Broadcasting. New York: Arno Press, 1979.
  75. Stein, Gertrude. “Poetry and Grammar.” Lectures in America. New York: Random House, 1935.
  76. Wollaeger, Mark. Modernism, Media and Propaganda. Princeton, NJ: Princeton UP, 2006.
  77. Barrymore, John Dir. “Taming of the Shrew.” Streamlined Shakespeare. By William Shakespeare. Perf. John Barrymore. NBC Radio. July 26, 1937.
  78. –. “Hamlet.” Streamlined Shakespeare. By William Shakespeare. Perf. John Barrymore, Brandon Hurst, Hans Conreid. NBC Radio.June 21, 1937.
  79. –. “MacBeth.” Streamlined Shakespeare. By William Shakespeare. Perf. John Barrymore, Elaine Barrie. NBC Radio. July 5, 1937.
  80. –. “Richard III.” Streamlined Shakespeare. By William Shakespeare. Perf. John Barrymore, Elaine Barrie. NBC Radio. June 28, 1937.
  81. –. “The Tempest.” Streamlined Shakespeare. By William Shakespeare. Perf. John Barrymore, Walter Brennan, Robert Warwick, Elaine Barrie. NBC Radio. July 12, 1937.
  82. –. “Twelfth Night.” Streamlined Shakespeare. By William Shakespeare. Perf. John Barrymore. NBC Radio. July 19, 1937.
  83. Corwin, Norman, Dir. We Hold These Truths. Perf. James Stewart, Edward Arnold, Lionel Barrymore, Bob Burns, Dane Clark, Walter Huston, Marjorie Main, Edward G. Robinson, Rudy Vallee, Orson Welles. CBS Radio, NBC Radio, ABC Radio. Dec 15, 1941.
  84. –. On a Note of Triumph. Narr. Martin Gabel. Perf. Ludwig Donath, Peggy Rae, Joan Lorring, Elliott Lewis, Merton Koplin, Lucille Meredith, Raymond Lawrence, Alex Hartford, George Sorel, Dick Nelson, Bob Bruce, Joe Worthy, Lurene Tuttle, Regina Wallace, June Foray, Pat McGeehan, Harry Bartell, Jim Nusser, Peter Witt, Fred Essler, Norbert Muller, Ramsey Hill, Irene Tedrow, Eula Beal, Johnny Bond. CBS Radio, NBC Radio, ABC Radio. May 8, 1945.
  85. “Flowering Judas and Pale Horse, Pale Rider.” NBC University Theater. By Katherine Anne Porter. Adapt. Clarice A. Ross. Comm. Irwin Edmund. Perf. Alma Laughton, Lillian Byer, Georgia Ellis, Larry Dobkin. NBC Radio. January 29, 1950.
  86. “Hamlet.” Theater Guild on the Air. By William Shakespeare. Perf. John Geilgud, Dorothy McGuire, Pamela Brown. NBC Radio. Mar 4, 1951.
  87. “Henry IV.” Shakespearean Cycle. By William Shakespeare. Narr. Conway Turrell. Perf. Walter Huston, Brian Ahern, Walter Connelly, Humphrey Bogart, Dame May Whitty. CBS Radio. August 23, 1937.
  88. “Howard’s End.” Theater Guild on the Air. By E. M. Forster. Adapt. Horton Heath. Comm. John Keiran. Perf. Alma Laughton, Eileen Erskine, Queeny Leonard. March 26, 1950.
  89. “Julius Caesar.” Shakespearean Cycle. By William Shakespeare. Narr. Conway Turrell Perf. Claude Rains, Thomas Mitchell, Walter Abel, Reginald Denny. CBS Radio. July 26, 1937.
  90. “MacBeth.” Theater Guild on the Air. By William Shakespeare. Perf. Judith Anderson, Maurice Evans. May 11, 1947.
  91. MacLeish, Archibald. “The Fall of the City.” Columbia Workshop. Perf. Orson Welles, CBS Radio. April 11, 1937.
  92. –. Air Raid: A Verse Play for Radio. New York: Harcourt Brace, 1938.
  93. “Mrs. Dalloway.” NBC University Theater. By Virginia Woolf. Adapt. Clarice A. Ross. Comm. Katherine Anne Porter. Perf. Marion Richmond. Doris Lloyd, Charles Davis, Leonard Whitbread. NBC Radio. April 2, 1950.
  94. “Much Ado About Nothing.” Shakespearean Cycle. By William Shakespeare. Narr. Conway Turrell. Perf. Leslie Howard, Rosalind Russell. CBS Radio. July 19, 1937.
  95. “Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.” NBC University Theater. By James Joyce. Adapt. Braynard Duffield and Emerson Crocker. Comm. Thomas Quinn Curtis. Perf. Tom Dillon, Dan O’Hurley. NBC Radio. April 23, 1950.
  96. “Sons and Lovers.” NBC University Theater. By D. H. Lawrence. Adapt. Clarice A. Ross. Comm. Diana Trilling. Perf. Ramsay Hill, Eric Hawford, Perry Kilbourne, Norma Varden. NBC Radio. April 30, 1950.
  97. “Taming of the Shrew.” Shakespearean Cycle. By William Shakespeare. Adapt. Gilbert Seldes. Narr. Conway Turrell. Perf. Edward G. Robinson, Frida Inniscourt. CBS Radio. August 2, 1937
  98. Webster, Margaret, Dir. “As You Like It.” Columbia Workshop. By William Shakespeare. CBS Radio. December 7, 1939.
  99. Welles, Orson, dir. “War of the Worlds.” By H. G. Wells. Adapt. Howard Koch. The Mercury Theater of the Air. CBS Radio. WCBS, New York. October 30, 1938.
  100. –. “The Glass Key.” Campbell Playhouse. By Dashiell Hammett. Perf. Orson Welles. March 10, 1939.
  101. –. “Hamlet, Part One.” Columbia Workshop. By William Shakespeare. Perf. Orson Welles, Alexander Scorby, Rosamond Pinchot, Edgerton Paul, Sidney Smith. CBS Radio. September 19, 1936.
  102. –. “Hamlet, Part Two.” Columbia Workshop. By William Shakespeare. Perf. Orson Welles, Joseph Cotton, Virginia Welles, Laura Strob, Whitford Cane, Sidney Smith, Edgerton Paul, Edward Jerome. CBS Radio. November 14, 1936.
  103. –. “Julius Caesar.” Mercury Summer Theater. Rehearsal. By William Shakespeare. Perf. Orson Welles. September 11, 1938.
  104. –. “The Man Who Was Thursday.” Mercury Summer Theater. By G. K. Chesterton. Perf. Orson Welles. CBS Radio. September 5, 1938.
  105. –. “The Murder of Roger Ackroyd.” Campbell Playhouse. By Agatha Christie. Perf. Orson Welles. CBS Radio. November 12, 1939.
  106. –. “Scenes from King Lear.” Mercury Summer Theater. By William Shakespeare. CBS Radio. September 13, 1946.
  107. Auden, W. H. “In Memory of W. B. Yeats.” “Musee de Beaux Arts.” “If I Could Tell You.” Poetry Speaks. Naperville, IL: Sourcebooks MediaFusion, 2001.
  108. Eliot, T. S. “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.” “La Figlia Che Piange.” Poetry Speaks. Naperville, IL: Sourcebooks MediaFusion, 2001.
  109. H.D. “From Helen in Egypt” Poetry Speaks. Naperville, IL: Sourcebooks MediaFusion, 2001.
  110. Hughes, Langston. “The Negro Speaks of Rivers.” “Mother to Son.” “The Weary Blues.” “Harlem.” Poetry Speaks. Naperville, IL: Sourcebooks MediaFusion, 2001.
  111. Millay, Edna St. Vincent. “Recuerdo.” “I Shall Forget You Presently” “Childhood is the Kingdom Where Nobody Dies.” Poetry Speaks. Naperville, IL: Sourcebooks MediaFusion, 2001.
  112. Pound, Ezra. “Cantico Del Sole.” “Hugh Selwyn Mauberly II, IV, and V” “Canto XLV” Poetry Speaks. Naperville, IL: Sourcebooks MediaFusion, 2001.
  113. Stein, Gertrude. “Christian Berard.” “She Bowed to Her Brother.” Poetry Speaks. Naperville, IL: Sourcebooks MediaFusion, 2001.
  114. –. “If I Told Him: A Completed Portrait of Picasso.” In Their Own Voices: A Century of Recorded Poetry. Los Angeles : Rhino/Word Beat, 1996.
  115. Williams, William Carlos. “Queen Anne’s Lace.” “To Elsie.” “The Red Wheelbarrow.” Poetry Speaks. Naperville, IL: Sourcebooks MediaFusion, 2001.
  116. Yeats, William Butler. “Yeats on “The Lake Isle of Innisfree.”” “The Lake Isle of Innisfree.” “Coole Park and Ballylee, 1931.” Poetry Speaks. Naperville, IL: Sourcebooks MediaFusion, 2001.
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2 thoughts on “Secondary Area of Study Reading List

  1. Greetings Dr. Bretz,

    I hope this correspondence finds you well! While surfing the internet, I was lucky enough to come across “The Miscellany”.

    The detail and texture to your fluent writing and analysis is something we should all aspire to.

    In the world of academia, in the years to come, I sincerely believe students and professors alike will aim to achieve to your level of grandeur.

    I am particularly intrigued with your work regarding your Masters thesis: The Representation of Rape on the Early Modern English Stage.

    Are there any links to your thesis that could be posted on “The Miscellany”?

    Hope to hear from you soon!

    Sincerely,
    Jamal Wallace

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  2. Dear Dr. Bretz

    Excellent information detailing some of the aspects of radio that interests me. I am presently busy with an Honours (English) degree, but I'm hoping to look at radio as a medium by which cognitive skills are taken to the next level. By that I hope to demonstrate that radio is not just “The Theatre of the Mind” but an engaging medium on a visceral level that (re)awakens the potential for metatextual norms of understanding as well. Though it would be nice to know where to start and how I should consider approaching towards a Masters degree. I am, it must be said, at quite a loss. Could you help me in any way? Typically, where should I look to compile a proposal?

    Best,

    Afzal
    Cape Town, SA

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