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Title:Inside out - the new literary geographies of the post-apartheid city in Mpe's and Vladislavic's Johannesburg writing
Author:West-Pavlov, RussellISNI
Year:2014
Periodical:Journal of Southern African Studies (ISSN 1465-3893)
Volume:40
Issue:1
Pages:7-19
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:prose
literary criticism
urban society
About persons:Ivan Vladislavic (1957-)ISNI
Phaswane Mpe (1970-2004)ISNI
Link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/03057070.2014.877655
Abstract:This article examines the strategies used by Johannesburg writers Phaswane Mpe and Ivan Vladislavic in their texts 'Welcome to Our Hillbrow' (2001) and 'Portrait with Keys: The City of Johannesburg Unlocked' (2006) to make sense of the bewildering transformations of post-apartheid Johannesburg (South Africa). The author first sketches the transformations of the city in the wake of the dismantling of apartheid-era segregation, sketching in particular the way in which the city has been turned 'inside out'. Then, in the texts by Mpe and Vladislavic, he examines figures of the 'inside out', specifically Mpe's use of narratological loops and Vladislavic's implementation of the figure of the Möbius strip, to show how these recent literary texts have attempted to elucidate the vertiginous demographic changes in the city. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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