Inventing the Metropolis

Veit Erlmann

in Music, Modernity, and the Global Imagination

Published in print July 1999 | ISBN: 9780195123678
Published online May 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780199868797 | DOI:
Inventing the Metropolis

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Choir member Josiah Semouse kept a journal of the tour of the African Choir to England. Published in his native Sesotho language in the missionary press, Semouse's journal is the first example of black writing about the metropolis in an African language. It shares with contemporary British literature a sense of the frustration late 19th-century authors felt at the inability to grasp the totality of social relations in London and of the looming crisis of authorship.

Keywords: London; travel; authorship; Josiah Sesotho; England; empire; Semouse; black writing

Chapter.  13850 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Ethnomusicology

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