At home in Johannesburg? Rethinking cosmopolitanism through TJ/Double Negative, the joint project between David Goldblatt and Ivan Vladislavić

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Graham, J. 2016. At home in Johannesburg? Rethinking cosmopolitanism through TJ/Double Negative, the joint project between David Goldblatt and Ivan Vladislavić. ariel: A Review of International English Literature. 47 (1-2), pp. 193-222. https://doi.org/10.1353/ari.2016.0017
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TitleAt home in Johannesburg? Rethinking cosmopolitanism through TJ/Double Negative, the joint project between David Goldblatt and Ivan Vladislavić
AuthorsGraham, J.
Abstract

This article examines the cosmopolitan character of TJ/ Double Negative (2010) and argues that the prize-winning pho- tography book, co-produced by the South African photographer David Goldblatt and writer and editor Ivan Vladislavić, is both a symptomatic expression of uneven development and a self- conscious interrogation of that unevenness. e book comprises two parts: Goldblatt’s iconic photographic series, TJ: Johannesburg Photographs 1948–2010, and Vladislavić’s novel Double Negative, a meta ction that refracts the story of modern Johannesburg along with Goldblatt’s career and the concomitant genre evolu- tion of South African photojournalism from local “documentary” to world-renowned “art,” as TJ reconstructs it. is experiment in interdiscursivity is signi cant not simply for being the rst of its kind—“a unique event in publishing” (“TJ & Double Negative”), as the publisher, Contrasto, declares in its marketing blurb—but also because through this collaborative yet multi-modal venture a new mode of critical cosmopolitanism in world-literature might emerge.

KeywordsIvan Vladislavić; David Goldblatt; world-literature; cosmopolitanism; publishing; Johannesburg
LanguageEnglish
PublisherJohns Hopkins University Press
Journalariel: A Review of International English Literature
ISSN0004-1327
Electronic1920-1222
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Print01 Jan 2016
Publication process dates
Deposited10 Oct 2016
Accepted01 Jul 2015
Output statusPublished
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Volume 47, Numbers 1-2, January-April 2016

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1353/ari.2016.0017
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