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Infinite Variety: A History of Desire in India Paperback – 10 May 2018

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‘Madhavi Menon knows desire. In her enlightening and often surprising book, she speaks of the myriad ways that desire has manifested itself in India down the ages… It is insightful; Menon is salacious and humorous and has a vast understanding of her subject—no surprise since she is a strong voice in the fields of gender and sexuality.’—The Tribune

Infinite Variety: A History of Desire in India, Madhavi Menon explores alternative histories of desire in the subcontinent, a desire that manifests in infinite forms, across genders and geographies, subject and objects, mathematics and literature and religious texts. From dargahs to Bollywood, celibacy to paan, calendars to yoga to the number zero itself, Menon illuminates fluid and complicated histories of desire that are rapidly disappearing from mainstream public and political discourse…… Menon's books offer an expansive and intimate look at desires then and now…Menon eloquently reminds us that these desires often have deep historical roots.’—India Today

‘Deep insights are tinged with humour in this wide-ranging, thought-provoking exploration of pleasure and pain across time and regions. A must-read for those interested in the multiple sites of desire that are under siege in India today.’
—Saleem Kidwai, historian and independent scholar, and co-editor of Same-Sex Love in India: Readings from Literature and History

'‘…the vast spectrum of desire ranges from erotic sculptures of Khajuraho to Empress Nur Jahan’s paan (the heart-shaped betel leaves, red lips, and intoxicated pleasure induced by eating it as a mark of a true lover) to home-made kohl and shows us the connection between grammar and sex, hair and war, abstinence and pleasure and between love and death. All in all, a fascinating look at the various forms of desire with some thought-provoking theories thrown in for good measure.’—Free Press Journal

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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 <iWanton 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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  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Speaking Tiger Publishing Private Limited (10 May 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9387693236
  • ISBN-13: 978-9387693234
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 14 x 4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #22,743 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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