Ivan Vladislavić and the possible city

Graham, James ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4778-2161 (2008) Ivan Vladislavić and the possible city. Journal of Postcolonial Writing, 44 (4) . pp. 333-344. ISSN 1744-9855 [Article] (doi:10.1080/17449850802410432)


The article explores the literary significance of Johannesburg in the writing of Ivan Vladislavić in the context of recent debates about how to read the African city. In his most recent work, Portrait with Keys: The City of Johannesburg Unlocked (2006), Vladislavić opens his personal archive of everyday life in the city to imaginative reinterpretation by readers. To read Vladislavić's “portrait” is to imagine the city as a space that might be written, read and experienced differently - to imagine it as a possible city. The self-reflexive nature of this project throws into critical relief recent calls to read Johannesburg as an “aesthetic project” rather than a “space of division” (Mbembe and Nuttall 353).

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Media and Performing Arts > Media > English Language and Literature
Item ID: 5087
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Depositing User: Devika Mohan
Date Deposited: 13 Apr 2010 07:38
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2020 13:40
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/5087

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