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IMAGINING THE EDGY CITY: WRITING, PERFORMING AND BUILDING JOHANNESBURG. Loren Kruger. Oxford University Press, 2013. 302 pp. with 23 ills. 24 x 17 cm. LC 2013-3218 ISBN 9780199321902 In English.
Publisher's description: All roads lead to Johannesburg, remarks the narrator of Alan Paton's novel Cry, The Beloved Country. Taking this quote as her impetus, Loren Kruger guides readers into the heart of South Africa's largest city. Exploring a wide range of fiction, film, architecture, performance, and urban practices from trading to parades, Imagining the Edgy City traverses Johannesburg's rich cultural terrain over the last century. The "edgy city" in Kruger's exploration refers not only to persistent boundaries between the haves and have-nots but also to the cosmopolitan diversity and innovation that has emerged from Johannesburg. The book begins with the building boom, performances and uneven but noteworthy inter-racial exchange that marked the city's fiftieth-anniversary celebration at the Empire Exhibition in 1936. This celebration rapidly gave way to the political repression and civil unrest that characterized South Africa from 1950 to 1990. Yet poetry, drama, fiction, and photography continued to thrive, bearing witness not only against apartheid but to alternatives beyond it. In the late twentieth century, the not quite post-apartheid condition fired the artistic imaginations of film makers as well as novelists.
Indexing: Western, Africa, Non-Western in a Western Style — South Africa — 1900-1945, Post-1945 — Several Media
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 158448
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