Introduction and Commentary by Prof. Shannon Lee Dawdy (Anthropology)
Description: 3CT's first salon of the quarter will engage Prof. Loren Kruger's new book, Imagining the Edgy City: Writing, Performing and Building Johannesburg. The 'edgy city' in Kruger's formulation refers not only to persistent boundaries between the haves and have-nots but also to the cosmopolitan diversity and innovation that has emerged from South Africa's largest city. Drawing upon a wide range of sources including fiction, film, architecture, performance, and urban practices (like trading and parades), the author examines how Johannesburg negotiates tensions between incivility (political repression, urban neglect, rising crime) and innovation (flourishing art, drama, fiction, photography, and architecture) which thereby invites comparison with other modern conurbations such as Dakar, Bogatá, Chicago, and Paris.
An online version of the book is available here.
Bio: Loren Kruger is a comparatist whose research interests take in several languages and locations. She focuses especially on literature and visual culture in South Africa, and drama and performance in English, French, German and Spanish across Africa, the African diaspora, the Americas, and Europe. Most of her books and articles focus on theatre and other kinds of live performance but research and publications cover cinema, television, prose fiction and graphic fiction, as well as critical theory. Other publications include Imagining the Edgy City: Writing, Performing and Building Johannesburg (Oxford, 2013) and Post-Imperial Brecht (Cambridge, 2004), winner of the MLA's Scaglione Prize for Comparative Literary Study in 2005.
** 3CT has copies of the book which it will make available gratis to the first eight students to RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org