At home in Johannesburg?: Rethinking cosmopolitanism through TJ/Double Negative, the joint project between David Goldblatt and Ivan Vladislavić

Graham, James (2016) At home in Johannesburg?: Rethinking cosmopolitanism through TJ/Double Negative, the joint project between David Goldblatt and Ivan Vladislavić. ariel: A Review of International English Literature, 47 (1-2). pp. 193-222. ISSN 0004-1327 (doi:10.1353/ari.2016.0017)

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Abstract

This article examines the cosmopolitan character of TJ/ Double Negative (2010) and argues that the prize-winning pho- tography book, co-produced by the South African photographer David Goldblatt and writer and editor Ivan Vladislavić, is both a symptomatic expression of uneven development and a self- conscious interrogation of that unevenness. e book comprises two parts: Goldblatt’s iconic photographic series, TJ: Johannesburg Photographs 1948–2010, and Vladislavić’s novel Double Negative, a meta ction that refracts the story of modern Johannesburg along with Goldblatt’s career and the concomitant genre evolu- tion of South African photojournalism from local “documentary” to world-renowned “art,” as TJ reconstructs it. is experiment in interdiscursivity is signi cant not simply for being the rst of its kind—“a unique event in publishing” (“TJ & Double Negative”), as the publisher, Contrasto, declares in its marketing blurb—but also because through this collaborative yet multi-modal venture a new mode of critical cosmopolitanism in world-literature might emerge.

Item Type: Article
Keywords (uncontrolled): Ivan Vladislavić; David Goldblatt; world-literature; cosmopolitanism; publishing; Johannesburg
Research Areas: A. > School of Media and Performing Arts > Media
Item ID: 20704
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Depositing User: James Graham
Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2016 12:10
Last Modified: 31 May 2019 07:26
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/20704

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