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School of Arts and Media

Dr Leslie McMurtry

Lecturer in Radio Studies

Teaching

Sonic Cultures

Radio Cultures

Media Texts

Media Institutions

Research Interests

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

Publications

Books Accepted for Publication

2019. Revolution in the Echo Chamber:  Audio Drama’s Past, Present, and Future (Intellect).

Book Chapters

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.

Journal Articles

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/