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Poonam Trivedi, Ph.D., Editor for India

Poonam Trivedi was Associate Professor in English at Indraprastha College, University of Delhi, India. She received her doctorate from the Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham, U.K. Her main areas of interest are Shakespeare in India, performance and film versions of Shakespeare, women in Shakespeare and Indian theatre and she has published several books and articles in these areas. She has been awarded several visiting fellowships, the latest being the IHSS (Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences) Distinguished Visiting Fellowship at Queen Mary, University of London, 2018. She is on the Editorial Boards of the ‘Shakespeare on Screen’ series, Cambridge University Press and ‘Reproducing Shakespeare’ series, Palgrave Macmillan.

Poonam Trivedi is presently the Vice-chair of the Asian Shakespeare Association and convened its biennial conference in Delhi, Dec. 2016. She was the secretary of the Shakespeare Society of India from 1993-99. She directed Merry Wives of Windsor and Lear’s Daughters for Indraprastha College, University of Delhi.



1.     Shakespeare and Indian Cinemas: Local Habitations, co-edited with Paromita Chakravarti, New York: Routledge, 2019.

2.     Shakespeare’s Asian Journeys: Critical Encounters, Cultural Geographies, and the Politics of Travel, co-edited with Bi-qi Beatrice Lei and Judy Celine Ick, New York: Routledge, 2017.

3.     Re-playing Shakespeare in Asia, co-edited with Ryuta Minami, New York and New Delhi: Routledge, 2010.

4.     India’s Shakespeare: Translation, Interpretation and Performance, co-edited with Dennis Bartholomeusz.  Newark: University of Delaware Press, 2005; Indian edition Pearson Education, 2005.

5.     Multi-media.  A CD-ROM on ‘Shakespeare in India: King Lear,’ 2004.


1.     ‘Woman as Avenger: ‘Indianising’ the Shakespearean Tragic in the films of Vishal Bhardwaj’ in Shakespeare and Indian Cinemas: Local Habitations, edited by Poonam Trivedi and Paromita Chakravarti, New York: Routledge, 2018.

2.      ‘Unravelling Hamlet’s Spiritual and Sexual Journeys: An Inter-critical Detour via the Gita and Gandhi’ in Shakespeare’s Asian Journeys: Critical Encounters, Cultural Geographies, and the Politics of Travel, edited Bi-qi Beatrice Lei, Judy Celine Ick and Poonam Trivedi, New York: Routledge, 2017.

3.     ‘Shakespeare and Asian Classics: Encounters in India,’ in The Routledge Research Companion to Shakespeare and Classical Literature, ed. Sean Keilen and Nick Moschovakis, New York: Routledge, 2017.

4.     ‘Shakespearean Tragedy in India: Politics of Genre—or how Newness Entered Indian Literary Culture,’ in The Oxford Handbook of Shakespearean Tragedy, ed. Michael Neil and David Schalkwyk, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016.

5.     2 ‘Rhapsodic Shakespeare: V. Sambasivan’s kathaprasangam / story-singing,’ in Shakespeare 450, online journal

6.     ‘Singing to Shakespeare in Omkara,’ Renaissance Shakespeare: Shakespeare Renaissances, Proceedings of the Ninth World Shakespeare Congress, (Newark: University of Delaware Press, 2014).

7.     ‘Hamlet as a figure of thought: India’ in Hamlet Handbuch ed. Peter W. Marx, Stuttgart: J.B. Metzler, 2014.

8.     ‘Afterword’ to Bollywood Shakespeares, ed. Craig Dionne and Parmita Kapadia, London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.

9.     ‘Why Shakespeare is … Indian,’ The Guardian, London, 4 May 2012.

10.     ‘ “You taught me Language”: Shakespeare in India’ Shakespeare Survey 64 (2011).

11.     ‘Impudent Imperialists: Burlesque and the Bard in 19th Century India,’ in The Shakespeare Yearbook, Vol. 12, special section, Shakespeare in India, Ashgate: Abington, Oxon., 2012.

12.      ‘Filmi Shakespeare,’ in Literature/Film Quarterly 35: 2 (2007). Revised version published in Narratives of Indian Cinema, edited Manju Jain, Delhi: Ratna Sagar, 2009.


1. ‘Shakespeare in India’, BBC Radio 4, 5 May 2016.

2. Interview, ‘Why Shakespeare in India,’ BBC Radio Asian Network, 9 March 2016.

3. Interview, Little India Magazine Nov. 2016.

4. ‘William Shakespeare is our heritage too,’ 26 Sept. 2006.

Papers Presented

1.     ‘Indian Supplements to Shakespeare: The Hungry and We That are Young’, for the Plenary Panel at the third biennial conference of the Asian Shakespeare Association, ‘Shakespeare, Traffics, Tropics’ 28-30 May 2018, at Manilla, Philippines.

2.     ‘Fooling around with Shakespeare: the Curious case of ‘Indian’ Twelfth Nights’, 26 March 2018, at Queen Mary College, University of London.

3.     ‘Western Performative Practice in 19th Century India: Poetics and Politics” at the Workshop on ‘India and Northern Europe – Identity Formation, Nation, and Knowledge Transfer in the19th and 20th Century’, 14-16 May 2017, Kiel University, Germany.

4.     ‘ “Haply, for I am black”: the Colouration of Indian Re-visions of Othello’ at the Workshop on ‘Folio to Tercentenary: Becoming Global Shakespeare, 1623-1916,’ 9-11 October 2017 at New York University, Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi. Keynote address, ‘Hamlet in India: showing “time his form and pressure,”’ at the ‘Globe Symposium: Intercultural Shakespeare Performance’ the Shakespeare Globe, London, 22 April 2016.

5.     ‘Shakespeare “thou art translated” on the Indian page, stage and screen,’ ‘Shakespeare 400: Forever and a Day’ International Conference, Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Alexandria, Egypt, 23-27 April 2016.

6.     Keynote speaker, ‘Indian Shakespeares on Screen’ International Conference, Queen Mary and Royal Holloway Colleges, University of London, London, 27-29 April 2016.

7.     Panel leader / proposer: ‘”I’ll put a girdle round about the earth”: Interrogating ‘Global’ Shakespeare.’ And paper presenter, ‘The Worlding of the World of Shakespeare: Critical Possibilities,’ 10thWorld Shakespeare Congress, ‘Creating and Re-creating with Shakespeare,’ Stratford-upon-Avon and London, 31 July – 6 August 2016.