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Music, Modernity, and the Global ImaginationSouth Africa and the West$
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Veit Erlmann

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780195123678

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195123678.001.0001

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Inventing the Metropolis

Inventing the Metropolis

Josiah Semouse's Travel Diary and the Dilemmas of Representation

(p.59) 3 Inventing the Metropolis
Music, Modernity, and the Global Imagination

Veit Erlmann

Oxford University Press

Choir member Josiah Semouse kept a journal of the tour of the African Choir to England. Published in his native Sesotho language in the missionary press, Semouse's journal is the first example of black writing about the metropolis in an African language. It shares with contemporary British literature a sense of the frustration late 19th-century authors felt at the inability to grasp the totality of social relations in London and of the looming crisis of authorship.

Keywords:   London, travel, authorship, Josiah Sesotho, England, empire, Semouse, black writing

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