Sword to Pen. Redcoat and the rise of the military memoir
New Generation Thinker Emma Butcher on the publishing phenomenon that was the traumatised Napoleonic Redcoat - Recorded before an audience at the York Festival of Ideas.
The Napoleonic Wars, like all wars, had their celebrities. Chief among them, Wellington and Napoleon, whose petty rivalry and military bravado ensured their status as household names long after Waterloo. But these wars also saw the rise of a new genre of personal and sentimental war literature which took the public by storm. The writers were foot soldiers rather than officers, infantrymen like the Reverend George Gleig and John Malcolm. Both fought in some of the most decisive battles on the Continent but it is their written accounts of their daily lives, of the true nature of war, its personal costs and the terrors endured, which ensured their best-selling status. This is the story of the rise and rise of the military memoir, with foot soldier as hero, and the way his war stories were lapped up with horrified glee by the armchair readers back home, transforming the image of soldiering.
Emma Butcher is a Leverhulme Early Career Researcher at the University of Leicester and a New Generation Thinker on the scheme run by the BBC and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to select academics who can turn their research into radio. She is currently writing her second book, Children in the Age of Modern War, has written for the BBC History Magazine and made Radio 3 programmes on the Brontës, child soldiers, and children in art.
Emma Butcher on Kids with Guns https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09vz5lp
Emma Butcher on Branwell Bronte https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05770my
Producer: Jacqueline Smith
The Well-groomed Georgian
New Generation Thinker Alun Withey on what made 18th-century men shave off centuries of manly growth. Recorded before an audience at the York Festival of Ideas.
You can hear audience questions from the event as an episode of the BBC Arts&Ideas podcast.
To be clean-shaven was the mark of a C18 gentleman, beard-wearing marked out the rough rustic. For the first time, men were beginning to shave themselves instead of visiting the barber, and a whole new market emerged to cater for rising demand in all sorts of shaving products - soaps, pastes and powders. But the way these were promoted suggests there was confusion over exactly what the ideal man should be. On the one hand, razor makers appealed to masculine characteristics like hardness, control and temper in their advertisements whilst perfumers and other manufacturers of shaving soaps, stressed softness, ease and luxury.
So enter the world of Georgian personal grooming to discover the 18th century's inner man.
Alun Withey lectures in the Centre for Medical History at the University of Exeter and is a Wellcome Research Fellow and a BBC/AHRC New Generation Thinker. He has edited an essay collection on the history of facial hair (Palgrave), curated a photographic exhibition of Victorian beards in the Florence Nightingale Museum in London and has written for BBC History Magazine and History Today. He blogs at dralun.wordpress.com
Alun Withey on C16 medical history https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p022kyp1
Alun Withey visits Bamburgh Castle https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p036l4q0
Alun Withey's article about the C19th attitude towards beards https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/31SKHd61RYxJBryrQ4NfmWJ/nine-reasons-victorians-thought-men-were-better-with-beards
Producer: Jacqueline Smith.
Le Festival de Men: Music Monologues
As part of Radio 3's Take Five week of young artists, the last of five dramatic monologues by young writers. Each writer was given a particular piece of music and asked to write a dramatic monologue in which the music becomes part of the soundtrack.
Le Festival de Men by Nicole Lecky
A young woman looks for love at the first-ever Festival de Men.
Candice ..... Debbie Korley
Music - George Gershwin: Cuban Overture
Directed by Marc Beeby
Every Night: Music Monologues
The fourth of five dramatic monologues by young writers. Each writer was given a particular piece of music and asked to write a dramatic monologue in which the music becomes part of the soundtrack. Part of Radio 3's Take Five week of young artists.
Every Night by Steve Lawrence
A disturbed man with compulsive cravings finds unexpected solace when he meets a young woman.
The Man ..... Joe Sims
Music - Morten Lauridsen: O Magnum Mysterium
Directed by Marc Beeby
Reluctant Spirit: Music Monologues
The third of five dramatic monologues by young writers. Each writer was given a particular piece of music and asked to write a dramatic monologue in which the music becomes part of the soundtrack. Part of Radio 3's Take Five week of young artists.
Reluctant Spirit by Athena Stevens
A young girl with a disability describes her relationship with her mother.
The Girl ..... Ella Glendining
Music - Arvo Pärt: Für Alina
Directed by Marc Beeby