Thursday, October 24, 2013

Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Richard Gray

Dr. Richard Gray, assistant professor of French, recently presented his paper entitled "French Radio Drama History: Nazi Entertainment and Propaganda Broadcast on Radio-Paris in the Occupied Zone" at the XVe colloque annuel de l’ADEFFI (Association des Etudes françaises et Francophones d’Irlande) from October 18-20, 2013 at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. In his talk, Gray provided evidence showing that radio dramatic programs broadcast on Radio-Paris during the Occupation served to simultaneously entertain listeners and to spread the anti-Semitic discourse within the “zone occupée.” He also challenged the notion that French radio drama of the period offered few “textes très originaux, très occasionnels” (Baudou) by citing the programs of Doctor Bofinger, Charles Dieudonné, and Paul Bonnamy and Henri Poulot who brought to Radio-Paris a blend of propagandistic and creative entertainment programming. Gray's continuing research at the Institut National de l'Ausiovisuel and at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France will provide even greater access and knowledge regarding radio plays of the era.

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