Anjali Prabhu

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Professor, Edward W. Said Chair in Comparative Literature, Department of Comparative Literature

Department: Comparative Literature

Ph.D, Duke University
M.A., Purdue University
B.A. (Highest Hons), Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India
Other studies: Université Nice Sophia Antipolis; Université Paris VII; Université des Antilles et de la Guyane; and University of Mauritius

Postcolonial Studies
Cinema Studies
French and Francophone Studies
Creole Cultures
African Studies
Indian Ocean and Caribbean
Eighteenth Century
Anthropology and Literature
French and British Colonialism
Professor Prabhu welcomes projects/supervision in any of these areas. Selected publications can be found here.*

Featured Works
Hybridity: Limits, Transformations, Prospects (SUNY Press, March 2007)
Contemporary Cinema of Africa and the Diaspora (Wiley Blackwell, June 2014)

Literature and Hybridity in Mauritius Reunion.” in Ed. Olakunle George. A Companion to African Literatures. Malden: Wiley and Sons, 2022. 45-59.
“Négritude: A Passion in Abiola Irele’s Work.” Journal of the African Literature Association, 14.1 (2020): 126-32.
“The Sympathizer: A Dialectical Reading.” PMLA: Publications of the Modern Language Association of America, March (2018): 388-95.
“Ato Quayson’s Oxford Street, Accra: Tracing Autobiographical Narrative in Analytical Method.” PMLA: Publications of the Modern Language Association of America, 131.2(2016): 496-504.
Aesthetics in Postcolonial Reading: Cinematic Challenges from Karmen Geï.” Cambridge Journal of Postcolonial Literary Inquiry. 2 (2015): 131-40.
“Eros in Infinity and Totality: A Reading of Levinas and Fanon.” Levinas Studies 7 (2012): 127-46.
“The Monumental Heroine: Female Agency in Joseph Gaï ramaka’s Karmen Geï.” Cinema Journal 51.4 (2012): 66-86.
“Aux Etats-Unis d’Afrique: narration dialogique ou dialectique?” Ouevres et critiques 36.2 (2011): 79-92.
“Fanon, Glissant, Memmi, and Postcolonial Writing.” in Cambridge History of Postcolonial Literatures. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011: 1068-1099.
“To Dream of Fanon: Reconstructing a Method for Thought by a Revolutionary Intellectual.” Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy, 19.1 (2011): 57-70.
“Narrating the City: Documentary or Fiction in Harrikrisna Anenden’s La Cathédrale.” French Forum 35.2 (2010): 115-134.
With H.Adlai Murdoch. “Of Beauty, Cosmopolitanism, and History in Postcolonial
Reunion.” International Journal of Francophone Studies 11.3 (2008): 401-16.
“Narration in Frantz Fanon’s Peau noire masques blancs: Some Reconsiderations.” Research in African Literatures 37.4 (2006): 189-210.
“Interrogating Hybridity: Subaltern Agency and Totality in Postcolonial Theory (Edouard Glissant’s Poétique de la Relation).” Diacritics 35.2 (2005): 76-92.
‘Calibrations’: Re-reading for the Social.” Research in African Literatures. 36.2 (2005): 97-103.
“Representation in Mauritius: Who Speaks for African Pasts?” International Journal of Francophone Studies. 8.2 (2005): 183-97.
With Ato Ouayson. “Francophone Studies / Postcolonial Studies: Postcolonializing through ‘Relation.”‘ InEds. H. Adlai Murdoch, Anne Donadey. Postcolonial Theory and Francophone Literary Studies. Gainesville: Florida U P, (2004): 224-34.
“Theorizing the Role of the Intermediary in Postcolonial (Con)text:Driss Chraibi’s Une enquête au pays” Studies in Twentieth-Century Literature 27.1 (2003): 167-190.
Mariama Ba’s So Long A Letter: Women, Culture, Development in Francophone/Postcolonial Context.” In Eds. KumKum Bhavnani, John Foran, and Priya Kurian. Feminist Futures: Reimagining Women, Culture, and Development. London: Zed Press (3003): 239-55.
Sisterhood and Rivalry: Between the Shadow and the Sultana: A Problematic of Representation in Ombre sultane.” Research in African Literatures 33.3 (2002): 69-96.

Fellowships/Teaching: Wellesley College; University of Cambridge; University of Oxford; Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris; and Ashoka University, New Delhi, India.

Liberal Arts
Editorial and Peer Review
Modern Language Association

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