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Madhavi Menon

Professor of English at Ashoka University,
Director of Centre for Studies in Gender & Sexuality, Ashoka University,
Head of PhD in English at Ashoka University

Ph.D. Tufts University

Madhavi Menon is Professor of English at Ashoka University. She earned her Bachelors and Masters in English from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University, where she stood first in College in her BA, and was a University gold-medalist in her M.A. 

She completed her PhD from Tufts University. Prior to joining Ashoka, she taught at Ithaca College and American University.

Her current book project is titled The Law of Desire (forthcoming with Speaking Tiger, 2021).

Professor Menon’s research interests include, among other things, Queer Theory,  Renaissance Literature, and Shakespeare. Broadly, Professor Menon works with questions of sexuality, desire, gender, politics, and identity. 


  • A History of Desire in India (Speaking Tiger, 2018)
  • Indifference to Difference: Towards a Queer Universalism (University of Minnesota Press, 2015) 
  • Unhistorical Shakespeare: Queer Theory in Shakespearean Literature and Film (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008)
  • Wanton Words: Rhetoric and Sexuality in English Renaissance Drama (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2004)

Books Edited

  • Shakesqueer: A Queer Companion to The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Duke University Press, 2011; reprint 2012)
  • Great Books

  • Introduction to Literary Theory

  • Reading Theory

  • Performance Anxiety: Renaissance Drama

  • The Law of Desire

  • Desiring Film

  • Shakesqueer

Study at Ashoka

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