Anjali Prabhu

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B.A., Jawaharlal Nehru University (India); M.A., Purdue University; Ph.D., Duke University

Anjali Prabhu

Professor of French

Works in postcolonial studies, Francophone studies, cultural theory (especially French theory), cinema studies, African studies.

In July 2015 I assumed duties as Director of the Newhouse Center for the Humanities. I continue to teach classes in the French Department in the areas of my expertise: Francophone studies and theoretical issues in literature, cinema, culture, and postcolonial studies. I have published two books, Contemporary Cinema of Africa and the Disapora (Wiley-Blackwell 2014) and Hybridity: Limits,Transformations, Prospects (SUNY 2007) and am a peer-reviewed author in journals such as DiacriticsLevinas StudiesCinema JournalResearch in African LiteraturesFrench Forum,The Cambridge Journal of Postcolonial Literary InquiryStudies in Twentieth-Century LiteratureInternational Journal of Francophone StudiesJournal of French and Francophone PhilosophyContemporary Literary Studies

The above work includes many intellectuals/authors and filmmakers, such as, Frantz Fanon, Emmanuel Levinas, and Edouard Glissant. Others who feature in my published work are: Mariama Bâ, Sembene Ousmane, Joseph Gaï Ramaka from Senegal, Assia Djebar and Albert Memmi from Algeria, Driss Chraïbi from Morocco, Moufida Tlatli from Tunisia, Jean-Marie Teno from Cameroon, Abdourahman Waberi from Djibouti, Ananda Devi and Marie-Thérèse Humbert from a small island called Mauritius, off the coast of Africa. My current project involves French and British colonial India. 

Some courses I offer in Francophone/postcolonial studies and Cinema studies are: FREN 218 (on Négritude), 331 (on African Cinema), 330 (on Postcolonialism, offered this year in English and French, cross-listed with Comparative Literature), and 334 (on Ethics and Difference). These courses involve different regions of France and the postcolonial world, employing various theoretical, historical, and creative approaches that I develop in dialog with my students.  I also routinely teach FREN 210 (Historical view of French Literature and Culture), 211 (Advanced Language Studies), and 201-202 (Intermediate French in Cultural Context). All my courses involve a fair amount of close reading, theorizing, and attention to analytical expression. I enjoy directing independent study and thesis work, and have clear guidelines for students wishing to pursue these. Students should contact me in advance for independent work. I often guide students for their work or study in Francophone countries. 

Beyond Wellesley, I have served extensively in the Modern Language Association: (a) Postcolonial Division Executive Committee (b) Northeast representative to the Delegate Assembly (c) Program Committee and (d) African Literature Division (currently serving). I serve on the Editorial Boards of Research in African LiteraturesThe Cambridge Journal of Postcolonial Literary Inquiry, and the Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy.Beyond these formal appointments in the profession, I review books, articles, and individuals' files in these related areas.

To stay balanced, I practice Shotokan karate, and recently earned a black belt. I live with my family in Brookline.