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

Loren Kruger


Johannesburg’s location in the Southern Hemisphere and status as the wealthiest city in a middle-income country grappling with a growing wealth gap, many languages and cultures unevenly matched with English, and scarce resources place it in the global south, but it is a modern city whose representation in fiction, film, performance and poetry, and built environments is both uncivil and innovative. This book examines writing, performing, building, and urban spatial practices and their agents, whose cosmopolitan diversity and capacity for invention challenge the normativity of modernity in the g ... More

Keywords: Johannesburg, cosmopolitan, hospitality, modernity, performance, film, fiction, urban renewal

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199321902
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199321902.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Loren Kruger, author
University of Chicago