I am a cultural historian working on the textual and contextual histories of radio and television in 20th-century Britain. I focus on imaginative programming which adapts or creates dramatic and literary forms. I have a special interest in ancient Greece on British radio and television, but I have also researched the radio work of figures such as Harold Pinter, Louis MacNeice, Joan Kemp-Welch and Dylan Thomas. My writing centres around questions of adaptation, intermediality, audience experience and education, exploring the roles of mass media in the cultural and educational lives of individuals from 1922.
My third monograph, Greece on Screen: Greek Plays on British Television, is under contract with Oxford University Press; it is a companion volume to Greece on Air: Engagements with Ancient Greece on BBC Radio, 1920s-60s (2015). My first monograph is a theatre history of the city and University of Oxford. My publications page lists published essays. I have book chapters and journal articles forthcoming on topics such as
- humanities education on interwar radio
- oral poetry and the aural imagination
- print afterlives of literary radio features
- Greek tragedy in schools television curricula of the 1960s
- radiophonic Pinter.
I have edited a number of essay collections. Two due to appear in 2018 are Ancient Greece on British Television, co-edited with Fiona Hobden (Edinburgh) and Radio Modernisms: Features, Cultures and the BBC, co-edited with Aasiya Lodhi (Media History special issue).
I am based in the Department of Film, Theatre and Television at the University of Reading, working on the AHRC-funded Harold Pinter Histories and Legacies project. Previously I was Mid-Career Research Fellow in the Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research, Birmingham City University (2016-17) and Research Fellow at the University of Westminster (2011-17; working with John Wyver on the AHRC-funded Screen Plays: Theatre Plays on British Television project). I have held research and teaching posts at the University of Oxford, The Open University and Northwestern University, Illinois. In my early career, I spent some years working as an academic librarian in special collections and archive settings.
I am a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and Associate Editor of The Radio Journal. I serve on the UK Radio Archives Advisory Committee and enjoy curating occasional public engagement events for the British Library and BFI Southbank drawing on my archival research. On BBC Genome’s recent publication online of the facsimilies of Radio Times from the 1930s, I gave an interview on BBC R4’s PM programme and contributed an article to the March 2018 issue of the BBC History Magazine.
Amanda Wrigley, Oxfordshire