Re-Inventing the Postcolonial (in the) Metropolis.

Sandten, Cecile & Annika Bauer (Eds.)
ASNEL Papers 20.
Brill, Amsterdam/New York, NY, 2016.



The notion of the postcolonial metropolis has gained prominence in the last two decades both within and beyond postcolonial studies. Disciplines such as sociology and urban studies, however, have tended to focus on the economic inequalities, class disparities, and other structural and formative aspects of the postcolonial metropolises that are specific to Western conceptions of the city at large. It is only recently that the depiction of postcolonial metropolises has been addressed in the writings of Suketu Mehta, Chris Abani, Amit Chaudhuri, Salman Rushdie, Aravind Adiga, Helon Habila, Sefi Atta, and Zakes Mda, among others. Most of these works probe the urban specifics and physical and cultural topographies of postcolonial cities while highlighting their agential capacity to defy, appropriate, and abrogate the superimposition of theories of Western modernity and urbanism.

These ASNEL Papers are all concerned with the idea of the postcolonial (in the) metropolis from various disciplinary viewpoints, as drawn from a great range of cityscapes (spread out over five continents). The essays explore, on the one hand, ideas of spatial subdivision and inequality, political repression, social discrimination, economic exploitation, and cultural alienation, and, on the other, the possibility of transforming, reinventing and reconfigurating the ‘postcolonial condition’ in and through literary texts and visual narratives.

In this context, the volume covers a broad spectrum of theoretical and thematic approaches to postcolonial and metropolitan topographies and their depictions in writings from Australia and New Zealand, South Africa, South Asia, and greater Asia, as well as the UK, addressing issues such as modernity and market economies but also caste, class, and social and linguistic aspects. At the same time, they reflect on the postcolonial metropolis and postcolonialism in the metropolis by concentrating on an urban imaginary which turns on notions of spatial subdivision and inequality, political repression, social discrimination, economic exploitation, and cultural alienation – as the continuing ‘postcolonial’ condition.



Table of Contents


CECILE SANDTEN & ANNIKA BAUER: Re-Inventing the Postcolonial (in the) Metropolis: An Introduction


CITIZENSHIP AND (ALTERNATIVE) MARKET ECONOMIES IN THE POSTCOLONIAL METROPOLIS

MELISSA KENNEDY: The Economics of Urban Development for the Postcolonial Poor

ENDA DUFFY: Post-Coloniality, Poetry, and Debt

DAVID TAVARES AND MARC BROSSEAU: Equivocal Identity-Politics in Multi-Cultural London


POLITICAL CHANGE AND CONTESTED SPACES IN THE AFRICAN AND SOUTH AFRICAN METROPOLIS

ANNIKA MCPHERSON: Tracing the Rural in the Urban: Re-Reading Phaswane Mpe’s Welcome to Our Hillbrow through Brooding Clouds

MICHAEL WESSELS: The Representation of Place in Three Post-Apartheid South African Novels

DANYELA DEMIR: ‘Welcome to Johannesburg’: Melancholia and Fragmentation in Kgebetli Moele's Room 207

VERENA JAIN–WARDEN: Angels in South Africa? Queer Urbanity in K. Sello Duiker's The Quiet Violence of Dreams and Tony Kushner's Angels in America

CHRIS DUNTON: The Thrust of the City: Penis Fixation in Jude Dibia's Blackbird

CHIELOZONA EZE: The City, Hyperculturality, and Human Rights in Contemporary African Women's Writing


THE ASIAN AND SOUTH ASIAN METROPOLISES ON THE MOVE

BILL ASHCROFT: Utopian Sights: Re-Inventing the Asian Metropolis

MALA PANDURANG: A City on the Move: Routing Urban Spaces – Literary and Cinematic Representations of Mumbai's Lifeline, the ‘Local’ Trains

RAJEEV S. PATKE: The Experience of Urban Space in the Poetry of Arun Kolatkar

R. RAJ RAO: The Metropolis in the Province: Interrogating the New Postcolonial Literature in India

ROMAN BARTOSCH: ‘No One Is India’: Literary Renderings of the (Postcolonial) Metropolis in Salman Rushdie and Indra Sinha

PIA FLORENCE MASURCZAK: The Glocal Metropolis: Tokyo Cancelled, The White Tiger, and Spatial Politics

AGNES S.L. LAM: Cosmopolitan Poetry from Asian Cities


REFRAMING THE AUSTRALIAN / CANADIAN (SETTLER) METROPOLIS

SUE KOSSEW: City of Words: Haunting Legacies in Gail Jones's Five Bells

MARIJKE DENGER: Michelle de Kretser's The Lost Dog: History and Identity in the Metropolis of Melbourne

FRANK SCHULZE–ENGLER: Indigenous Urbanities: Representations of Cities in Native Canadian, Aboriginal Australian, and Māori Literature


SENSES, SOUNDS, AND LANGUAGES IN THE POSTCOLONIAL METROPOLIS

ROLF J. GOEBEL: From Postcoloniality to Global Media Culture: Multimedial Reflections on Metropolitan Space

OLIVER LINDNER: Between Ghetto and Utopia: London as a Postcolonial Metropolis in Recent British Music Videos

CHRISTIN HOENE: The Sounding City: Soundscapes and Urban Modernity in Amit Chaudhuri's Fiction

ERIC A. ANCHIMBE: Pidgin Goes Public: Urban Institutional Space in Cameroon

MICHAEL WESTPHAL: Emancipation from and Re-Invention of the Linguistic Metropolis in a Postcolonial Speech Community


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