The quiet editor: Ivan Vladislavić and South African cultural production

Graham, James ORCID: (2017) The quiet editor: Ivan Vladislavić and South African cultural production. Journal of Commonwealth Literature, 52 (1) . pp. 56-59. ISSN 0021-9894 [Article] (doi:10.1177/0021989416675017)

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This article examines the literary and sociological significance of Ivan Vladislavić’s "double life” (Lahire, 2010: n.p.) as both editor and writer. With reference to a number of his editorial roles as well as the joint projects he has worked on with writers and visual artists, the article considers how Vladislavić’s work with others spreads symbolic value. Described by one of his clients as the “quiet editor”, Vladislavić can be read as a new kind of author; what he terms “creative editing” (Steyn, 2012: n.p.) as a new kind of writing, through which more traditional models of authorship and literary production are thrown into question — less Bourdieu’s (1984) “field of literary production” or Casanova’s (2004: 82) “world literary space”, red in tooth and claw, amd more Howard Becker’s “art world”: a convivial “network of cooperating people, all of whose work is essential to the final outcome” (1982: 25).

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Published online before print October 25, 2016
Keywords (uncontrolled): Ivan Vladislavić; South African literature; South African visual culture; cultural production; art world
Research Areas: A. > School of Media and Performing Arts > Media
Item ID: 20758
Notes on copyright: James Graham, The Quiet Editor: Ivan Vladislavić and South African cultural production, The Journal of Commonwealth Literature (Vol 52, Issue 1) pp. 56 - 69. Copyright © The Author(s) 2016. Reprinted by permission of SAGE Publications.:
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Date Deposited: 21 Oct 2016 10:16
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2021 05:57

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