Writing the City: Looking Within, Looking Without
Stuti Khanna (Ed.)
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Writing the City is a collection of essays that portrays both the commonalities and the diversity of the cities of contemporary South Asia. Through their deeply personal accounts, the contributors explore the relationship of their writings to place and space and thus present the many ways in which city-spaces are created in literature today. Food, travel, architecture, education, memories, political turmoil and a deep sense of nostalgia come together in this collection to provide vivid and vibrant accounts of the authors' creative journeys.

The contributors to this collection include well-known names such as Amitabha Bagchi, Anees Salim, Anita Nair, Anjum Hasan, Ankush Saikia, Chandrahas Choudhury, Cyrus Mistry, Manju Kapur, Saikat Majumdar, Samrat Upadhyay, Siddharth Chowdhury, Sumana Roy, Tabish Khair and Zac O'Yeah.

Stuti Khanna, the editor of this collection, is an Associate Professor of Literature at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi. She obtained her Master's degree from Delhi University and her D. Phil. from Oxford University. She is the author of the monograph The Contemporary Novel and the City: Re-conceiving National and Narrative Form (2013). She is interested in the ways in which postcolonial urbanity in South Asia inflects and shapes twentieth-century narratives.

She is interested in the ways in which postcolonial urbanity in South Asia inflects and shapes twentieth-century narratives.

1. Bombay and Delhi: The Two Cities of My Life
Chandrahas Choudhury
2. Cities are Made for Adventures
Zac O’Yeah
3. Dreaming of a Lost City in a Mad Country
Samrat Upadhyay
4. The Tolstoy of the Biharis
Siddharth Chowdhury
5. Growing Up in the Chicken’s Neck
Sumana Roy
6. In Search of Anjum Hasan
Anjum Hasan
7. Living in the Place of Your Imagination
Manju Kapur
8. Sometimes a Hawk is Just a Hawk
Amitabha Bagchi
9. Tales from the Nameless Town
Anees Salim
10. The Cosmopolitanism of Small Towns
Tabish Khair
11. Dying Modern
Saikat Majumdar
12. The Times they are A-Changing. . .
Cyrus Mistry
13. The Writer and the City
Ankush Saikia
14. When the Lights Go Down in My City
Anita Nair
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Publisher’s Acknowledgements

Deccan Herald review | 20 June, 2021
1. Writing and Space: Writing the City by Stuti Khanna | Published in Rupkatha Journal on Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities.
2. Deep impressions | Published in telegraphindia.com, 09 March 2021.
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