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Defining the Discographic SelfDesert Island Discs in Context$
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Julie Brown, Nicholas Cook, and Stephen Cottrell

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780197266175

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197266175.001.0001

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Afterword: Playing the discographic self

Afterword: Playing the discographic self

(p.285) 14 Afterword: Playing the discographic self
Defining the Discographic Self

Nicholas Cook

, Julie Brown, Nicholas Cook, Stephen Cottrell
British Academy

This afterword seeks to put the chapters of Defining the Discographic Self: ‘Desert Island Discs’ in Context into dialogue with one another, drawing out a number of common themes. In particular it develops the idea of the Desert Island Discs interview as a performance of identity, and explores the nature of the social engagement it creates in the studio, through the broadcast, and in the imaginary domain of the desert island. It also considers the current and possible future impact of digitalisation on the programme, and the extent to which the Desert Island Discs archive can support such digital humanities approaches as Franco Moretti’s distant listening.

Keywords:   performance, identity, sociality, digital culture, digital humanities, distant reading

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