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Food Culture Studies in India

Consumption, Representation and Mediation

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  • Explores questions concerning the consumption, representation and mediation of food
  • Shares an exclusive Indian perspective on food cultures
  • Brings together young researchers to explore the growing field of food studies

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This book discusses food in the context of the cultural matrix of India. Addressing topical issues in food and food culture, it explores questions concerning the consumption, representation and mediation of food. The book is divided into four sections, focusing on food fads; food representation; the symbolic valence of food; modes and manners of resistance articulated through food. Investigating consumption practices in both public and ethnic culture, each chapter introduces a fresh approach to food across diverse literary and cultural genres. The book offers a highly readable guide for researchers and practitioners in the field of literary and cultural studies, as well as the sociological fields of food studies, body studies and fat studies.

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Table of contents (15 chapters)

  1. Food Fads: Food and Public Culture

  2. Of the Colonial and the Culinary: Food, the Folk and Registers of Resistance

Editors and Affiliations

  • Department of English, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, India

    Simi Malhotra

  • Department of English, Shyama Prasad Mukherji College For Women, University of Delhi, New Delhi, India

    Kanika Sharma

  • Department of English, Gargi College, University of Delhi, New Delhi, India

    Sakshi Dogra

About the editors

Simi Malhotra is Director of the Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research and a Professor at Department of English, Jamia Milia Islamia, Delhi. Her research interests include contemporary literary and cultural theory, culture studies, and Indian philosophies and aesthetic practices. Among other awards and honours, she was the recipient of the Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Award for ranking 1st in M.A. English. She has more than 19 years of teaching and research experience, and has published 5 books and edited volumes, 53 articles and 12 book reviews. She has participated in a host of conferences, seminars, workshops, symposia and panel discussions.

Sakshi Dogra is an Assistant Professor and teaches English literature and language at Gargi College (University of Delhi). Her research focuses on the study of youth cultures, popular fiction, cultural studies, affect studies and theories of self and subjectivity, and she has published numerous papers in theses areas.

Kanika Sharma holds an M.Phil. and currently teaches at the English Department of Shyama Prasad Mukherji College, University of Delhi. Her research interests include cultural studies, memory studies, collective memory, film studies, visual arts and literature. She is closely associated with CATA (Centre for Academic Translation and Archiving) and CSVMT (Centre for Studies in Violence, Memory and Trauma) at the University of Delhi.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Food Culture Studies in India

  • Book Subtitle: Consumption, Representation and Mediation

  • Editors: Simi Malhotra, Kanika Sharma, Sakshi Dogra

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Singapore

  • eBook Packages: Literature, Cultural and Media Studies, Literature, Cultural and Media Studies (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2021

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-981-15-5253-3Published: 19 December 2020

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-981-15-5256-4Published: 19 December 2021

  • eBook ISBN: 978-981-15-5254-0Published: 18 December 2020

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXIV, 163

  • Number of Illustrations: 1 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Asian Culture, Social Anthropology, Literature, general

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