In this book, leading scholars working on urban South Asia chart new forms of literature about contemporary Delhi.
Incorporating original contributions by Delhi-based commentators and covering significant new themes and genres, it updates current critical understanding of how contemporary literature has registered the momentous economic and social forces reshaping India’s major cities. This timely volume responds not only to the contextual challenge of a Delhi transformed by economic liberalisation and commercial growth into a global megacity, but also to the emergent formal and generic changes through which this process has been monitored and critiqued in writing. The collection includes studies of the city as a disabling metropolis, as a space of marginal (electronic) text, as a zone of gendered spatiality and sexual violence, and as a terrain in which ‘urban villagers’ have been displaced by the growing city. It also provides close analyses of emerging genres such as urban comix, digital narratives, literary reportage, and city biography.
Delhi: New Literatures of the Megacity will be of interest to students and researchers in disciplines ranging from postcolonial and global literature to cultural studies, civic history, and South Asian and urban studies. It was originally published as a special issue of the Journal of Postcolonial Writing.
Table of Contents
Introduction – Delhi: New writings on the megacity
Alex Tickell and Ruvani Ranasinha
1. Writing in from the periphery: Partition narratives from Rurban Delhi
2. No home for the disabled: The disabling metropolis of Delhi
3. Desire and disappearance in Delhi
4. "Capital" consciousness: Reading Rana Dasgupta
C. S. Bhagya and G. J. V. Prasad
5. From Cybermohalla to Trickster City: Writing from the margins of Delhi
Lipi Biswas Sen
6. Resisting re-orientalism in representation: Aman Sethi writes of Delhi
7. Transporting metropolitanism: Road-mapping feminist solutions to sexual violence in Delhi
8. "Out of place" women: Exploring gendered spatiality in Delhi
9. Urban comix: Subcultures, infrastructures and "the right to the city" in Delhi
Alex Tickell is Senior Lecturer in English at the Open University, UK. He is a literary historian with a special interest in South Asian and South East Asian literary cultures, contemporary fiction, and conjunctions of writing and politics. He is associate editor of Wasafiri and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Commonwealth Literature.
Ruvani Ranasinha is Reader in Postcolonial Literature at King’s College, University of London, UK. She specialises in postcolonial literature and theory, especially relating to South Asia and the South Asian diaspora. She on the editorial board of the feminist digital humanities "Orlando" project and Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies.