My Ph.D. topic is now shaping up. I am going to look at the literary depictions of postcolonial cities in their struggles of decolonizing themselves. The question is how colonization continues to debilitate mega cities even after independence. I will look at world bank and IMF procedures (see World Bank Literature by Amitava Kumar), the colonizer's language and education system, corruption etc.
My three case studies will be Mumbai, Lagos and Kingston.
Below is a PARTIAL list of the literature I identified. So far, I only included recent works (mostly after 1980) but I will also look at earlier works written during colonization. Delhi is also in there, because I thought it would be useful.
Eagerly awaiting your comments and additions.
Chandra, Vikram. Love and Longing in Bombay. Little Brown, 1997. (stories)
Chandra, Vikram. Sacred Games. Faber & Faber, 2007. (a little mainstream, but rich in city description; 900 pages.)
Chaudhuri, Amit. The Immortals. Vintage, 2010.
Prakash, Gyan. Mumbai Fables. 2011.
Irani, Anosh. The Song of Kahunsha. Anchor Canada, 2006.
Irani, Anosh. The Cripple and His Talismans. Anchor Canada, 2010.
Mistry, Rohinton. Such a Long Journey. New Canadian Library, 1993.
Mistry, Rohinton. Tales from Firozsha Baag. New Canadian Library, 2000.
Mistry, Rohinton. Family Matters. First Emblem Editions, 2003.
Rushdie, Salman. The Moor's Last Sigh. Vintage Canada, 1996.
Suri, Manil. Death of Vishnu. 2012.
Suri, Manil. The City of Devi. W. W. Norton & Company, 2013.
Swarup, Vikas. Q & A (aka Slumdog Millionaire). Scribner, 2005.
Thayil, Jeet. Narcopolis. Faber & Faber, 2012.
Thayil, Jeet. The Book of Chocolate Saints. (coming out in February, 2018)
Boo, Katherine. Behind the Beautiful Forevers. Random House, 2012.
Mehta, Suketu. Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found. Vintage, 2005.
Mukherjee, Neel. A State of Freedom. Chatto & Windus, 2017.
Adiga, Aravind. The White Tiger. Free Press, 2008.
Ali, Ahmed. Twilight in Delhi. New Directions, 1994.
Banerjee, Sarnath. Corridor. Penguin Global, 2005. (graphic novel)
Banerjee, Sarnath. All Quiet in Vikaspuri. Harper360, 2016. (graphic novel)
Roy, Arundhati. The Ministry of Utmost Happiness. Hamish Hamilton, 2017.
Rushdie, Salman. Midnight’s Children. Vintage Canada, 1997.
Singh, Khushwant. Delhi. Penguin, 1991.
Dalrympl, William. City of Djinns. UK General Books, 1994.
Douglas, Marcia. The Marvellous Equations of the Dread: A Novel in Bass Riddim. New Directions, 2018.
James, Marlon. A Brief History of Seven Killings. Riverhead Books, 2015.
Miller, Kei. The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion. Carcanet Press, 2014. (poetry)
Meeks, Brian. Paint the Town Red. Peepal Tree Press, 2003.
Diana, McCaulay. Dog-Heart. Peepal Tree Press, 2010.
Other: (not necessarily about this particular city but offers background and related perspectives)
Miller, Kei. Augustown. Pantheon, 2017.
Cliff, Michelle. Abeng. Plume, 1995.
Cliff, Michelle. No Telephone to Heaven. Plume, 1996.
Black, Stephanie. Life and Debt. 2001 (in connection with A Small Place by Jamaica Kincaid)
Abani, Chris. GraceLand. Picador, 2005.
Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi. Americanah. Vintage Canada, 2014.
Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi. The Thing Around Your Neck. Vintage Canada, 2010.
Cole, Teju. Every Day is for the Thief. Random House, 2015.
Soyinka, Wole. Collected Plays: Volume 1: A Dance of the Forests; The Swamp Dwellers; The Strong Breed; The Road; The Bacchae of Euripides. Oxford Paperbacks, 1973.
Soyinka, Wole. The Interpreters. Heinemann, 1984. (intellectuals in Lagos; the book is difficult to read)
Soyinka, Wole. Season of Anomy. Random House, 1988.
Ekwensi, Cyprian. People of the City. Heinemann, 1963.
Ekwensi, Cyprian. Lokotown and Other Stories. Heinemann, 1966.
Nwapa, Flora. This is Lagos and Other Stories. Africa World Press, 1992 (and her many other short story collections)
Nwosu, Maik. Invisible Chapters.
Nwosu, Maik. Alpha Song. 2002.
Okri, Ben. Dangerous Love. Head of Zeus, 2015.
Onuzo, Chibundu. Welcome to Lagos. 2017.
Saro-Wiwa, Noo. Looking for Transwonderland: Travels in Nigeria. Granta Books, 2013.
Cole, Teju. Radio Lagos: Life, Death, And The Afterlife in Africa’s Biggest City. (Forthcoming)