The quiet editor: Ivan Vladislavić and South African cultural production

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Graham, J. 2017. The quiet editor: Ivan Vladislavić and South African cultural production. Journal of Commonwealth Literature. 52 (1), pp. 56-59. https://doi.org/10.1177/0021989416675017
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TitleThe quiet editor: Ivan Vladislavić and South African cultural production
AuthorsGraham, J.
Abstract

This article examines the literary and sociological significance of Ivan Vladislavić’s "double life” (Lahire, 2010: n.p.) as both editor and writer. With reference to a number of his editorial roles as well as the joint projects he has worked on with writers and visual artists, the article considers how Vladislavić’s work with others spreads symbolic value. Described by one of his clients as the “quiet editor”, Vladislavić can be read as a new kind of author; what he terms “creative editing” (Steyn, 2012: n.p.) as a new kind of writing, through which more traditional models of authorship and literary production are thrown into question — less Bourdieu’s (1984) “field of literary production” or Casanova’s (2004: 82) “world literary space”, red in tooth and claw, amd more Howard Becker’s “art world”: a convivial “network of cooperating people, all of whose work is essential to the final outcome” (1982: 25).

KeywordsIvan Vladislavić; South African literature; South African visual culture; cultural production; art world
LanguageEnglish
PublisherSage
JournalJournal of Commonwealth Literature
ISSN0021-9894
Publication dates
Online25 Oct 2016
Print01 Mar 2017
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Deposited21 Oct 2016
Accepted20 Sep 2016
Output statusPublished
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James Graham, The Quiet Editor: Ivan Vladislavić and South African cultural production, The Journal of Commonwealth Literature (Vol 52, Issue 1) pp. 56 - 69. Copyright © The Author(s) 2016. Reprinted by permission of SAGE Publications.: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0021989416675017

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Published online before print October 25, 2016

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1177/0021989416675017
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