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date: 16 December 2019

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This article examines the historical relation between modernism and radio. It explains that the history of radio modernism has been a secret one – rendered so by the ephemeral nature of the medium, the impossibility of making a recording, and the gap between conceptions of the medium and their actualization. The article argues that attempts to write radio back into histories of modernism necessarily involve both resistance and reconstruction, because beyond the explicit presence of modernists on the air waves or modernist experimental engagement with the new medium, the very idea of radio served as a constitutive pressure in the formation of modernist subjectivities, aesthetics, and texts.

Keywords: modernism, radio, air waves, experimental engagement, modernist subjectivities, aesthetics

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