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Literature, planning and infrastructure: Investigating the southern city through postcolonial texts

Boehmer, E. and Davies, D. ORCID: 0000-0002-3584-5789 (2015). Literature, planning and infrastructure: Investigating the southern city through postcolonial texts. Journal of Postcolonial Writing, 51(4), pp. 395-409. doi: 10.1080/17449855.2015.1033813

Abstract

This article explores the ways in which postcolonial literary and other cultural texts navigate, decode and in some cases re-imagine the infrastructures that organize urban life, particularly in the postcolonial cities of Johannesburg, London and Delhi. Readings of Ivan Vladislavić, Mark Gevisser Brian Chikwava, Selma Dabbagh, Rana Dasgupta and Manju Kapur consider the constantly shifting relationship between urban planning, the organization of public space, and various other forms of human intervention, and suggest that the ways in which urban spaces are mapped in creative practice can explore, negotiate and at times disrupt and reconstruct that relationship.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in 'Journal of Postcolonial Writing' on , available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/17449855.2015.1033813.
Publisher Keywords: planning, infrastructure, postcolonial city, London, Johannesburg, Delhi, writing as mapping
Subjects: P Language and Literature
Departments: School of Arts & Social Sciences > English
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/21583
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