Anjali Prabhu

Anjali Prabhu
(781) 283-2495
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 Suzy Newhouse Center for the Humanities. I continue to teach classes in the French Department. I have published two books, Contemporary Cinema of Africa and the Disapora (Wiley-Blackwell 2014) and Hybridity: Limits,Transformations, Prospects (SUNY 2007), contributed to a number of volumes and collections, and I have published in journals such as PMLADiacriticsLevinas StudiesCinema JournalResearch in African LiteraturesFrench ForumThe 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, Aimé Césaire from Martinique, 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 focuses on the competition between French and British colonial projects in 18th-Century India, and includes historical work on the Kingdom of Mysore under Tippu Sultan.

Some courses I offer in Francophone/postcolonial studies and Cinema studies are: FREN 218 (on Négritude), 331 (on African Cinema), 330 (on Postcolonialism), 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 currently serve on the Editorial Boards of PMLAResearch in African LiteraturesThe Cambridge Journal of Postcolonial Literary Inquiry, and the Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy. I review books, articles, and individuals' files in these related areas.

I practice Shotokan karate and enjoy gardening, cooking, spending time with my family, and watching soccer.