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Gender, Radio Broadcasting and the Role of the Public Intellectual: The BBC Career of Margery Fry from 1928 to 1958

Logan, Anne F. (2019) Gender, Radio Broadcasting and the Role of the Public Intellectual: The BBC Career of Margery Fry from 1928 to 1958. Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, . ISSN 0143-9685. (doi:10.1080/01439685.2019.1642655) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:75405)

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Abstract

This article addresses the issue of gender and the role of the public intellectual on the BBC in the middle of the twentieth century through an examination of the broadcasting career of S. Margery Fry (1874-1958). Scholars such as Hugh Chignell have emphasised that, with very few exceptions, speaking to the nation was pre-eminently the work of men in this period. Margery Fry was a well-known personality, connected to the Bloomsbury Group, with expertise in higher education and penal reform. She also served a brief term as a Governor of the BBC. The article argues that Fry was somewhat exceptional as a woman who was able to establish a reputation in the period 1928-58 as a broadcaster and pundit, which to some extent at least, transcended gendered boundaries. However, it acknowledges that a great deal of her broadcast output was directed at female listeners and that she possessed plentiful social and cultural capital which made her an attractive contributor to broadcasting executives.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/01439685.2019.1642655
Subjects: D History General and Old World
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Anne Logan
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2019 11:27 UTC
Last Modified: 07 Feb 2020 04:11 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/75405 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Logan, Anne F.: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9556-4647
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