• History, Mythology and India’s Syncretic Past

    Pragya Singh and Yogesh S in conversation with Madhavi Menon

    August 26, 2019

    Writer and academic Madhavi Menon, in the first part of this interview, talks about her book Infinite Variety: A History of Desire in India. She discusses the themes of history and mythology; interpretations and versions of the Mahabharata and Ramayana; the coming together of Islamic and Hindu traditions to form a syncretic culture and more.


    Madhavi Menon is professor of English at Ashoka University, and writes on desire and queer theory. She is the author of Wanton Words: Rhetoric and Sexuality in English Renaissance Drama; Unhistorical Shakespeare: Queer Theory in Shakespearean Literature and Film; and Indifference to Difference: On Queer Universalism. She is also the editor of Shakesqueer: A Queer Companion to the Complete Works of Shakespeare.

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