Next Article in Journal / Special Issue
Terrestrial Cosmopolitanism, Posthumanism, and Multispecies Modes of Being in Cereus Blooms at Night
Previous Article in Journal
Destination Antwerp! Fan Tourism and the Transcultural Heritage of A Dog of Flanders
Previous Article in Special Issue
“A Doll’s House Conquered Europe”: Ibsen, His English Parodists, and the Debate over World Drama
Open AccessArticle

The Civic Scale: Strategies of Emplacement in Dambudzo Marechera and Ivan Vladislavić

Department of English, University of Wisconsin Madison, Madison, WI 53706, USA
Humanities 2019, 8(2), 91; https://doi.org/10.3390/h8020091
Received: 15 March 2019 / Revised: 29 April 2019 / Accepted: 1 May 2019 / Published: 10 May 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue (Re)Mapping Cosmopolitanism in Literature and Film)
This paper identifies and intervenes in the problems posed by reading postcolonial texts as representative, or encompassing of, the nation with which they are associated. Alternatively, it proposes that reading at the scale of the city offers a method for circumventing the elision of particularity which occurs when the nation, continent or globe are foregrounded in Western or Western-facing responses to these texts. The paper models what such a “scaled-down” reading might look like, attending to Dambudzo Marechera’s House of Hunger (1978) and Ivan Vladislavic’s Portrait With Keys: Joburg and What-What (2006), and their intricate relationships to the urban spaces of Harare and Johannesburg, respectively. At stake in these analyses are opportunities to identify what Jacques Rancière terms dissensus, or political contestation, rendered in spatial terms. This establishes a pliable counterdiscourse of the city which seeks and discerns meaning not through consensus or “sanctioned representation”; but through the complexities of affective attachments, the plurality of experiences, and the teeming heterogeneity of physical and literary spaces that have been previously flattened. View Full-Text
Keywords: city writing; postcolonial literature; dissensus; public space; African novel city writing; postcolonial literature; dissensus; public space; African novel
MDPI and ACS Style

Kruger, L. The Civic Scale: Strategies of Emplacement in Dambudzo Marechera and Ivan Vladislavić. Humanities 2019, 8, 91.

Show more citation formats Show less citations formats
Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.

Article Access Map by Country/Region

1
Back to TopTop