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Type: Journal article
Title: (Un)lawful subjects of company
Author: Samuelson, M.
Citation: Interventions: international journal of postcolonial studies, 2014; 16(6):795-817
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Issue Date: 2014
ISSN: 1369-801X
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Meg Samuelson
Abstract: This essay engages Cape Town – a city founded as a tavern of the seas linking Atlantic and Indian Ocean trade routes – by tracing the ways in which its foundation as seventeenth-century Dutch East India Company settlement resonates as metaphor through which to approach the contemporary corporate city. Rereading the Journal of Jan van Riebeeck through the lens of Ishtiyaq Shukri's The Silent Minaret and, particularly, Dan Sleigh's Islands, it explores the Journal's mutually informed production of crime and profit. It then turns to a set of recent thrillers – by Andrew Brown, Deon Meyer, Margie Orford, Roger Smith, Mike Nicol and Joanne Hitchens – as a way of reading the post-apartheid city. Finally, it engages Lauren Beukes' Moxyland, in which corporate Cape Town takes concrete form in a virtual society, before closing with reflections on the limits of the Company archive, the alternative archives it overwrote and erased and the potentialities of what it forecloses, including the common and the creole.
Keywords: Beukes, Lauren, the common, creolization, crime fiction, Dutch East India Company (DEIC/VOC), Journal of Jan van Riebeeck, neoliberalism, Shukri, Ishtiyaq, Sleigh, Dan
Rights: © 2014 The Author(s). Published by Taylor & Francis. This is an Open Access article. Non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly attributed, cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way, is permitted. The moral rights of the named author(s) have been asserted.
DOI: 10.1080/1369801X.2014.937349
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