Two years ago, when for the first time in my professional life I was offered the services of a research assistant, I knew exactly how I had to make use of her time: I paid for a tank of gas, sent her up to Chapel Hill, set her up in a hotel room, and put her to work paging through issues of the Listener, searching, scanning, and making pdf files at my direction. This felt both like a fabulous luxury and like doing one's courting through an intermediary—symptomatic of the furtive and piecemeal relations that most researchers in the United States have had to have with many of those British periodicals most salient and intriguing for modernist cultural studies. Now, with the advent of the digitized and searchable Listener Historical Archive, made available by the BBC through arrangement with Gale, most of what my assistant so assiduously accomplished...

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