• The Politics of Desire

    Pragya Singh & Yogesh S in conversation with Madhavi Menon

    August 27, 2019

    Writer and academic Madhavi Menon, in the second part of this two-part interview, talks about desire as a vehicle of social transformation. She argues that since desire is often linked with what is taboo and culturally forbidden, it can help break barriers of caste, class and gender. By disrupting established social practice, it can challenge ruling ideas of purity and pollution. Desire can also enable identification across different kinds of marginalisation, and thus create a ground for a transformative politics that goes beyond identity.

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    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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