Contemporary Cinema of Africa and the Diaspora (Malden: Wiley Blackwell, 2014)

Film studies book, analyzing art house films from the African continent and the African diaspora, this book showcases a new generation of auteurs with African origins from political, aesthetic, and spectatorship perspectives.

• Focuses on art house cinema and discusses commercial African cinema
• Enlarges our understanding of African film to include thematic and aesthetic influence
• Highlights aesthetic and political aspects including racial identity, women’s issues, and diaspora
• Heavily illustrated with over 90 film stills
• Features selected stills integral to the filmic analysis in full color
• Moves beyond Western-oriented analytical paradigms

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Hybridity: Limits, Transformations, Prospects (Albany: SUNY Press, 2007)

Critical reevaluation of the concept of hybridity within postcolonial studies.

This critical engagement with some of the most prominent contemporary theorists of postcolonial studies reevaluates recent theories of hybridity and agency. Challenging the claim that hybridity provides a site of resistance to hegemonic and homogenizing forces in an increasingly globalized world, Anjali Prabhu pursues the ways in which hybridity plays out in the Creole, postcolonial societies of Mauritius and La Réunion, two small islands in the Indian Ocean, and offers an introduction to the literature and culture of this lesser-known region of Francophonie. She also reconsiders two major theorists from the Francophone context, Edouard Glissant and Frantz Fanon, through a provocatively Marxian framing that reveals these two writers shared more in common about agency and society than has previously been recognized.

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Selected Publications


"Négritude: A passion in Abiola Irele’s work." Journal of the African Literature Association, Vol. 14, No. 1 (2020): 126-132. [.PDF]

"The Sympathizer: A Dialectical Reading." PMLA: Publications of the Modern Language Association of America, March (2018): 388-395. [.PDF]

"Ato Quayson's Oxford Street, Accra: Tracing Autobiographical Narrative in Analytical Method." PMLA: Publications of the Modern Language Association of America, Vol. 131, No. 2 (2016): 496-504. [.PDF]

"Aesthetics in Postcolonial Reading: Cinematic Challenges from Karmen Geï." Cambridge Journal of Postcolonial Literary Inquiry Vol. 2 (2015): 131-140. [.PDF]

"Eros in Infinity and Totality: A Reading of Levinas and Fanon." Levinas Studies Vol. 7 (2012): 127-146. [.PDF]

"The 'Monumental' Heroine: Female Agency in Joseph Gaï Ramaka’s 'Karmen Geï." Cinema Journal 51.4 (2012): 66-86. [.PDF]

"Aux Etat-Unis d'Afrique: narration dialogique ou dialectique?" Oeuvres et critiques 36.2 (2011): 79-92. [.PDF]

“Fanon, Glissant, Memmi, and Postcolonial Writing.” In Cambridge History of Postcolonial Literatures. Cambridge: Cambridge U P (2011): 1068-1099. [.PDF]

“To Dream of Fanon: Reconstructing a Method for Thought by a Revolutionary Intellectual.” Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy, 19.1 (2011): 57-70. [.PDF]

"Narrating the City: Documentary or Fiction in Harrikrisna Anenden's La Cathédrale." French Forum 35.2 (2010): 115-134. [.PDF]

With H.Adlai Murdoch. "Of Beauty, Cosmopolitanism, and History in Postcolonial Reunion." International Journal of Francophone Studies 11.3 (2008): 401-16. [.PDF]

“Narration in Frantz Fanon’s Peau noire masques blancs: Some Reconsiderations.” Research in African Literatures 37.4 (2006): 189-210. [.PDF]

“Interrogating Hybridity: Subaltern Agency and Totality in Postcolonial Theory (Edouard Glissant’s Poétique de la Relation).” Diacritics 35.2 (2005): 76-92. [.PDF]

"'Calibrations': Re-reading for the Social.” Research in African Literatures. 36.2 (2005): 97-103. [.PDF]

“Representation in Mauritius: Who Speaks for African Pasts?” International Journal of Francophone Studies. 8.2 (2005): 183-97. [.PDF]

With Ato Quayson. “Francophone Studies / Postcolonial Studies: Postcolonializing through 'Relation.'” In Eds. H. Adlai Murdoch, Anne Donadey. Postcolonial Theory and Francophone Literary Studies. Gainesville: Florida U P, (2004): 224-34. [.PDF]

“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. [.PDF]

“Mariama Bâ's So long a Letter: Women Culture Development in Francophone/Postcolonial Context.” In Eds. Kum-Kum Bhavnani, John Foran, Priya Kurian. Feminist Futures: Re-Imagining Women, Culture, and Development. London: Zed, (2003): 239-55. [.PDF]

“Sisterhood and Rivalry in-between the Shadow and Sultana::A Problematic of Representation in Ombre sultane.” Research in African Literatures 33.3 (2002): 69-96. [.PDF]