Great Books: Traversing Histories of Sexuality

Faculty

Madhavi Menon
 

Course Dates

12th Dec – 3rd Jan
 

Timings

5.00-7.30 pm
(Sat and Sun)

Commitment

6 hours/week

Price

INR 20,000

Applications

4th Dec 2020

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About The Course

In this course, we will address the question “What is sexuality” by reading some of the many books that have shaped our current ideas of the subject. These books will range across chronologies, cultures, and disciplines, starting with classical and medieval Indic texts — the Kamasutra, Sufi poetry — to ancient Greek and Roman classics — the Symposium, the Metamorphoses. We will also read philosophical texts like the Discourse on Method, biological texts like The Origin of Species, psychoanalytical texts like The Interpretation of Dreams, and literary texts like Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Together, these “great books” will allow us to trace threads that have gone into the weaving of our tapestry of sexuality. People taking this course should be interested in reading and having their assumptions challenged, while also challenging other assumptions in turn.

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    Faculty

    Madhavi Menon

    Phd. Tufts University

    Madhavi Menon is Professor of English and the Director of the Centre for Studies in Gender & Sexuality at Ashoka University. Prior to joining Ashoka, she taught at Ithaca College and American University.

    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. She is the author of Wanton Words: Rhetoric and Sexuality in English Renaissance Drama (2004); Unhistorical Shakespeare: Queer Theory in Shakespearean Literature and Film (2008); Indifference to Difference: On Queer Universalism (2015); and Infinite Variety: A History of Desire in India (2018). Her current book project is titled The Law of Desire’ (forthcoming with Speaking Tiger, 2021). Professor Menon completed her Ph.D from Tufts University.

    Academy Common Course Objectives

    Experience new Learning & Engagement Models on Important Topics

    Become Familiar with Diverse Readings, Research & Resources

    Learn to Engage in Critical Debate & Discussion

    Expand Your Perspective across Disciplinary Boundaries

    Develop Analytical & Critical- Thinking Faculties

    Learning Support for the Course

    Zehra Kazmi

    Teaching Assistant

    Zehra Kazmi – Teaching Assistant
    Zehra Kazmi is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in English and Comparative Literatures at the University of St Andrews. She holds an M.Phil. in English from the University of Cambridge and has worked as a Teaching Fellow with the Department of English at Ashoka for two years. Zehra’s academic interests include memory studies, Indo-Muslim writing and cinema studies.