Tara K. Menon

Tara K. Menon

Assistant Professor of English
(On leave AY 2022-23)
Tara K. Menon

Education: B.A., Columbia University (2011)
M.A., New York University (2014)
Ph.D., New York University (2019) 

Interests: the novel; realism; narrative theory; nineteenth-century British literature; contemporary fiction; gender; representations of friendship; grief literature

Selected Works:

“Keeping Count: Direct Speech in Nineteenth-Century British Novels,” Narrative 27.2, May, 2019 (Winner of the James Phelan Prize)

“The Steadfast Attention of Sigrid Nunez” The Sewanee Review, October, 2020 (Winner of the Robert B. Heilman Award)


Tara K. Menon was born in India and raised in Singapore. She teaches classes on novels, cities, and grief. She is currently writing a book called Spoken Words: Direct Speech in Nineteenth-Century British Novels (which is under contract with Princeton University Press). Her reviews and essays have appeared in venues including the Los Angeles Review of Books, Public Books, The Sewanee Review, Bookforum, and The Paris Review online.




I welcome conversations with all undergraduate and graduate students. As a former international student, I am particularly happy to speak to those navigating life in America for the first time. 

Contact Information

Office: TBD
On leave AY 2022-23