• 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


  • Literature and Hybridity in Mauritius Reunion.” in Ed. Olakunle George. A Companion to African Litearatures. 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.

Professional Interests/Service

  • Humanities
  • Liberal Arts
  • Editorial and Peer Review
  • Modern Language Association