1st Edition

At Home with Ivan Vladislavić An African Flaneur Greens the Postcolonial City

By Gerald Gaylard Copyright 2023
    264 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    At Home With Ivan Vladislavić is the first comprehensive analysis of the works of Ivan Vladislavić. Bringing a flaneur’s "internal GPS" to postcolonial Johannesburg, Vladislavić established a critical sense of home via an intimate knowledge of geography and history. This sense of belonging can have positive ecological effects as we tend to protect what we know. The flaneur’s deep word hoard also helped him to develop a minimalist style, which was not only a means of living sustainably in the city, but in its humour and close attention to detail a way to make greening the city more of a joy than a duty. In this way, Vladislavić created a culture of sustainability.

    Introduction and Chapter 6 of this book is freely available as a downloadable Open Access PDF at http://www.taylorfrancis.com under a Creative Commons [Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives (CC-BY-NC-ND)] 4.0 license.

    Ivan Vladislavić’s Biography

    Historical Formalism: A Methodology


    Monuments and Resistance

    Missing Persons

    The Folly

    Propaganda by Monuments

    An African Flaneur

    The Restless Supermarket

    The Exploded View

    Portrait with Keys

    Ecologies of Home

    The Loss Library, A Labour of Moles, Milnerton Market

    Double Negative

    101 Detectives

    The Distance


    The Story Continues From Here…




    Gerald Gaylard is a Professor of English at the University of the Witwatersrand. Author of After Colonialism: African Postmodernism and Magical Realism (2006) and editor of Marginal Spaces: Reading Ivan Vladislavić (2011), he has published primarily in the area of postcolonial culture, literature, and aesthetics.