This book charts emerging and pressing issues and new forms of literature of Delhi by critics and scholars working on urban South Asia.
Incorporating original contributions by Delhi-based commentators and covering significant new genres, this volume will be required reading for researchers seeking a better understanding of how contemporary literature has registered the momentous economic and social forces reshaping India’s major cities. The book responds not only to the contextual challenge of a Delhi transformed by economic liberalisation and commercial growth into a global megacity, but also 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 a terrain in which ‘urban villagers’ have been displaced by the growing city. This timely collection also analyses emerging genres such as urban comix, digital narratives, literary reportage, and city biography.
This book 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.
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