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Anita Anantharam - University of Florida. Gainesville, FL, US

Anita Anantharam

Associate Professor | University of Florida

Gainesville, FL, UNITED STATES

Anita Anantharam’s research interests include nationalism and feminism in South Asia, women's movements, food and cultural studies.


Anita Anantharam’s research interests include nationalism and feminism in South Asia, women's movements, food and cultural studies. She is currently working on a project on domesticity and food politics — specifically, how women selectively participate in global politics through reinventing and reimagining the home as an area of resistance and revolution.

Areas of Expertise (7)

Women and Business



Developing World

Emerging Markets


Post-Colonial Studies

Media Appearances (2)

The 2021 CNBC Disruptor 50: How we chose the list of companies

CNBC  online


The mission of the Disruptor 50 list has always been to identify fast-growing, innovative start-ups on the path to becoming the next generation of great public companies. But in 2020, things got ridiculous. Twelve of the 50 companies named to the 2020 Disruptor 50 are now public companies. Four more have announced deals to become public via mergers with special purpose acquisition companies.

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How we chose the 2020 CNBC Disruptor 50 list of revolutionary start-ups

CNBC  online


The coronavirus pandemic has forced the acceleration of many disruptive trends, while also slowing or stopping the progress of others.

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Articles (3)

Private and communal kitchens as spaces for rethinking gender, identity, and citizenship

Routledge Handbook of Asian Diaspora and Development

Ajaya K. Sahoo (editor)


Using The Book of Salt as a point of departure for thinking through gender, class, identity, and citizenship, this chapter will provide examples of how communal kitchens in contradistinction to the model of the private cook might provide a more nuanced approach to address questions of domesticity, servitude, and service.

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A Change in Aesthetics and the Aesthetics of Change: A Comparative Study of Premchand's Bazaar-e husn and Sevasadan

South Asian Review

Anita Anantharam


This paper explores the reasons for Premchand's alteration in lexicon in two versions of the same novel, one in Hindi (Sevasadan; House of Service) and one in Urdu (Bazaar-e husn; The Bazar of Beauty). Although the novel was published in Hindi, Premchand wrote the Urdu novel first. The titular changes foreshadow aesthetic differences in the two versions: the Urdu novel on transactional love and the Hindi, on redemptive love.

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“I can think, I can wait, I can fast”: Teaching food literature and experiential learning

Arts and Humanities in Higher Education

Anita Anantharam


The idea of self-sufficiency resonates with feminist activists because the political thrust of the various movements for women’s rights — beginning with Mary Wollstonecraft’s plea for women’s access to education in her famous Vindication — hinged on finding sustainable solutions to the stranglehold that social, political, and economic institutions have on women’s lives.

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