Dr Leslie McMurtry
Lecturer in Radio Studies
Particular areas of interest are gender, race/ethnicity and radio; podcasts; Gothic/horror audio drama; dialect and Anglo-American relations; transmedia of audio drama (comics, silent film); empirical experiments on imagery generation through aural drama; film/television sound.
I also write about fan studies (particularly Doctor Who and fanzines); Gothic horror; Victorian literature/culture; and the American Revolution.
Qualifications and Memberships
PhD, English (radio drama)
MA Creative and Media Writing
BA, English and French
Books Accepted for Publication
2019. Revolution in the Echo Chamber: Audio Drama’s Past, Present, and Future (Intellect).
2018. “ ‘No One Ever Sees the Angel’: Adapting The Phantom of the Opera”, in Issues of Value in Film Adaptation, Ed. Laurence Raw. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co.
2018. (with Danielle Hancock) “ ‘I Know What a Podcast Is’: Post-Serial Fiction and Podcast Media Identity’, in Podcasting: New Aural Cultures and Digital Media, Ed. Dario Llinares, Neil Fox, and Richard Berry. Basingstoke: Palgrave: 81-105.
2015. “Aurally Bloodcurdling: Representing Dracula and His Brethren in BBC Radio Drama,” in Dracula and the Gothic in Literature, Pop Culture and the Arts, Ed. Dr. Isabel Ermida. Leiden: Rodopi/Brill: 157-178.
2013. “Doctor Who, Steampunk, and the Victorian Christmas,” in We the Neo-Victorians: Perspectives on Literature and Culture, Ed. Dorota Babilas & Lucyna Krawczyk-Zywko. Warsaw: Universitas Varsoviensis Press: 185-207.
2013. “Do It Yourself: Women, Fanzines, and Doctor Who,” in Fan Phenomena: Doctor Who, Ed. Paul Booth. Bristol: Intellect Publishing Co.: 84-95.
2013. “Mad, Bad, and Dangerous to Know: The Nolan/Ledger Joker, Morality, and the Hetero-fictional Impulse,” in Fan Phenomena: Batman, Ed. Liam Burke. Bristol: Intellect Publishing Co.: 90-103.
2013. “Inventing America: The Aztecs in Context,” in Doctor Who and Race, Ed. Lindy Orthia. Bristol: Intellect Publishing Co.: 107-110.
2011. “The Importance of Language Converted to Knowledge in the Arsenal of the Tenth Doctor,” in The Unsilent Library: Essays on the Russell T. Davies Era of the New Doctor Who, Ed. Simon Bradshaw, Antony Keen & Graham Sleight. London: Science Fiction Foundation: 121-134.
2017. (with Danielle Hancock) “ ‘Cycles upon Cycles, Stories upon Stories’: Contemporary Audio Media and Podcast Horror’s New Frights,” Palgrave Communications 3:1.
2017. “Imagination and Narrative: Young People’s Experiences,” Journal of Radio and Audio Media, 24:2.
2016. “ ‘I’m Not a Real Detective, I Only Play One on Radio’: Serial as the Future of Audio Drama,” Journal of Popular Culture, 49: 306-324.
2015. “Framing Errors: Reality and Fiction in Audio Drama,” Journal of American Studies in Turkey, 41/1: 5-15.
2015. “The Future of Satellite Audio Drama,” Peripeti, 22: 45-54.
2012. “Anatomy of a Gamechanger: BBC Radio 4’s Life and Fate,” Radio-Leituras, 3/2 http://radioleituras.wordpress.com/2013/11/06/sumario-4/
Guest Blogs for Sounding Out!: The Sound Studies Blog
2018. “The Greatest Sound in the Galaxy: Sound in Star Wars,” parts 1 & 2, https://soundstudiesblog.com/2018/05/21/episode-i-the-greatest-sound-in-the-galaxy-sound-and-star-wars/
2018. “Speaking American,” https://soundstudiesblog.com/2018/03/12/speaking-american/
2016. “The Magical Post-Horn: A Trip to the BBC Archive Centre in Perivale,” https://soundstudiesblog.com/2016/09/26/the-magical-post-horn-a-trip-to-the-bbc-archive-centre-in-perivale/