Faculty & Staff
Pratima Prasad, PhD
Associate Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Associate Professor of French
Areas of Expertise
Colonialism, Romanticism, and nineteenth-century French and Francophone culture
PhD University of Pennsylvania
Professional Publications & Contributions
- Approaches to Teaching George Sand’s Indiana. New York: Publications of the Modern Languages Association, 2015. David Powell and Pratima Prasad, eds.
- Colonialism, Race, and the French Romantic Imagination. NY: Routledge, 2009.
- Novel Stages: Drama and the Novel in Nineteenth-Century France. Newark: University of Delaware Press, 2007. Prasad, Pratima and Susan McCready, eds.
- “Human Rights and Human Wrongs: Slavery and Colonialism in a Time of Revolution.” In Douthwaite, Julia, Sol, Antoinette, and Seth, Catriona, eds. Teaching Representations of the French Revolution. New York: Publications of the MLA, Forthcoming.
- “The Black Aristocrat in Ourika: Outliving an Idea.” Lingua Romana 11.1 (Spring 2013): 9-24.
- “Intimate Strangers: Interracial Encounters in Romantic Narratives of Slavery.” L’Esprit Créateur 47.4 (Winter 2007): 1-15.
- “L’Insularité, ‘l’indigénisme’ et l’inceste dans Paul et Virginie.” In Laporte, Dominique, ed. L’Autre en mémoire. Québec: Presses de l’Université Laval, 2006. 147-165.
- “Contesting Realism: Mimesis and Performance in George Sand’s Novels.” XIX: Journal of the Society of Dix-Neuviémistes 3 (September 2004): 34-54.
- “Historicizing French Romanticism.” Blackwell Publishing’s Literature Compass 1 (2004): 1-4.
- “Espace colonial et vérité historique dans Indiana.” Etudes littéraires 35.2&3 (Eté-automne 2003): 71-85.
- “Uncovering Narrative Convention in Sand’s Lélia.” George Sand Studies 20.1&2 (2001): 7-20.
- “Displaced Performances: The Erotics of George Sand’s Theatrical Space.” Romance Notes 40.2 (Winter 2000): 223-33.
- “Deceiving Disclosures: Androgyny and George Sand’s Gabriel.” French Forum 24.3 (September 1999): 331-51.
- “(De)masking the Other Woman in George Sand’s Indiana.” Romance Languages Annual 8 (1997): 104-09.
Pratima Prasad is an Associate Professor of French and is currently serving as an Associate Dean in the College of Liberal Arts. She has published a book that investigates how French Romanticism was shaped by and contributed to colonial discourses of race. In addition, she has co-edited two books: the first explores the links between the novel and drama in nineteenth-century France; the second is a collection of essays on approaches to teaching George Sand’s Indiana. Her article-length writings address the works of Romantic writers, including George Sand, Bernardin de Saint-Pierre, Claire de Duras, and Alphonse de Lamartine. She is currently working on a project that is tentatively entitled “The French Indian Ocean.” The project is a study of the Indian Ocean as it has been imagined, mythologized, observed, and examined by French and francophone writers of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
Professor Prasad has been teaching at the University of Massachusetts Boston since 2002. She has taught classes at all levels of the French program, including introductory and intermediate language courses, literary surveys, and seminars on nineteenth-century culture and French and francophone cinema.