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Title: A Brazilian at the BBC war-front : entertainment, propaganda and modernism in Antônio Callado's radio dramas for the Latin American service (1941-1947)
Author: Thomaz, Daniel Mandur
ISNI:       0000 0004 7966 4095
Awarding Body: University of Oxford
Current Institution: University of Oxford
Date of Award: 2019
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This thesis analyses a series of radio drama scripts written by Brazilian journalist, novelist and playwright Antônio Callado (1917-1997) for the BBC Latin American Service (LAS) during the Second World War and its immediate aftermath (1941-1947). Although previous studies on Callado abide by a consensus that dates the beginning of his literary output to the 1950s, the recent discovery of these radio drama scripts in the BBC Written Archives Centre (WAC) debunks the official chronologies. The aim of this thesis is to shed light on his work as a radio playwright for the BBC LAS and on the formative years he spent in Britain during the war. It investigates how Callado's experiences at the BBC influenced his writing and impacted on the formulation of themes he would revisit consistently throughout his literary career. I cross-reference the radio drama scripts with other documents found at the BBC WAC, such as copyright receipts, internal memos, and minutes of BBC LAS meetings, many of which had been so far unexplored. I added to this corpus complementary material found at Callado's personal archives in the Fundação Casa de Rui Barbosa, Rio de Janeiro, including letters, diaries and other documents produced by Callado and about him during the period analysed. I operated methodologically on different scales, from undertaking close reading and discourse analysis of scripts and documents to tracing intertextualities between Callado's works and those of other BBC authors. As a result, this study assesses the complex network of institutions, material practices and beliefs which conditioned and made the very existence of these documents possible. Callado is among the most important Brazilian intellectuals of the twentieth century, and this thesis represents the first critical literature on his BBC radio dramas.
Supervisor: Williams, Claire Sponsor: CAPES Scholarship
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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