Delhi: New Literatures on the Megacity

1st Edition

Alex Tickell, Ruvani Ranasinha

Routledge
April 13, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 148 Pages
ISBN 9780367363390 - CAT# 329087

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Summary

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.

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