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Imagining the Edgy City : Writing, Performing, and Building Johannesburg

By: Kruger, Loren.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Publisher: Cary : Oxford University Press, USA, 2013Description: 1 online resource (303 p.).ISBN: 9780199321919.Subject(s): Art and society -- South Africa -- Johannesburg -- History -- 20th century | Johannesburg (South Africa) -- History -- 20th century | Johannesburg (South Africa) -- Intellectual life -- 20th century | Literature and society -- South Africa -- Johannesburg -- History -- 20th century | Motion pictures -- Social aspects -- South Africa -- Johannesburg -- History -- 20th century | Theater and society -- South Africa -- Johannesburg -- History -- 20th century | Urbanization -- South Africa -- Johannesburg -- History -- 20th centuryGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Imagining the Edgy City : Writing, Performing, and Building JohannesburgDDC classification: 968.22/105 LOC classification: DT2405.J6557.K78 2013ebOnline resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
""Cover""; ""Contents""; ""Preface and Acknowledgments""; ""Abbreviations, Glossary, and Linguistic Conventions""; ""Introduction: Imagining the Edgy City""; ""1. 1936: Africa�s Wonder City""; ""2. 1956: Genres of Johannesburg""; ""3. 1976: Soweto Erupts into Johannesburg""; ""4. 1996: Edgy City""; ""5. 2012: City in the World""; ""References""; ""Index""; ""A""; ""B""; ""C""; ""D""; ""E""; ""F""; ""G""; ""H""; ""J""; ""K""; ""L""; ""M""; ""N""; ""O""; ""P""; ""R""; ""S""; ""T""; ""U""; ""V""; ""W""; ""X""; ""Y""; ""Z""
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""Cover""; ""Contents""; ""Preface and Acknowledgments""; ""Abbreviations, Glossary, and Linguistic Conventions""; ""Introduction: Imagining the Edgy City""; ""1. 1936: Africa�s Wonder City""; ""2. 1956: Genres of Johannesburg""; ""3. 1976: Soweto Erupts into Johannesburg""; ""4. 1996: Edgy City""; ""5. 2012: City in the World""; ""References""; ""Index""; ""A""; ""B""; ""C""; ""D""; ""E""; ""F""; ""G""; ""H""; ""J""; ""K""; ""L""; ""M""; ""N""; ""O""; ""P""; ""R""; ""S""; ""T""; ""U""; ""V""; ""W""; ""X""; ""Y""; ""Z""

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CHOICE Review

Eloquently blending comparative literature and arts--with close attention to urban sociology, planning, and migration--Kruger (comparative and English literature, Univ. of Chicago) charts the past and present of Johannesburg culture. Case studies over two-decade intervals from 1936 to 2012 convincingly explicate the spatial and cultural texture of a city that is "edgy" both in the sense of racial and class tension--expressed in income extremes and xenophobia--and in precious spaces of civil interaction. Though the author could have given more attention to excavating realms of early black urbanity, she superbly captures the diversity in which artists, photographers, poets, novelists, dramatists, architects, planners, activists, and even pedestrians grappled with the harsh yet resilient spatial womb of modernist South Africa. Chapter topics range from white supremacist architecture of the city's 1936 Jubilee to the film, poetry, and fiction of anti-apartheid resistance marked by the 1956 Treason Trial and 1976 Soweto Revolt, and visual and prose attempts to reimagine a postapartheid city. A final chapter nicely captures current contrasts between rampant capitalist, inner-city geography and poetic efforts to reanimate civic space. This volume's breathtaking interdisciplinary span is matched by ambitious theoretical interventions and revealing illustrations. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All readers. P. C. Limb Michigan State University

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Loren Kruger is Professor of Comparative and English Literature, and an affiliate of the Urban Network at the University of Chicago. Her previous books include The Drama of South Africa and Post-Imperial Brecht, winner of the Scaglione prize for Comparative Literary Study awarded by the Modern Language Association.

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