Pallavi Rastogi

Pallavi  Rastogi 

Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies

Bachelor's Degree: Delhi University

Master's Degree: Delhi University

PhD: Tufts University

Phone: (225) 578-2879


Office: 212-H Allen Hall

Area of Interest

Postcolonial theory and literature, 21st century literature, colonial literature, multiethnic British and American Literature, literary theory, international cinema, especially Indian film, international and ethnic women's writing.

Research Interests: South Asian and Southern African literature and theory; 21st century global fiction in English; postcolonial theory for the new millennium.

Awards & Honors

  • English Graduate Student Association (EGSA) Outstanding Faculty Award, Spring 2015.
  • LSU Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award for Graduate Student Teaching, Spring 2011.
  • Tiger Athletic Foundation Award for Undergraduate Teaching, Spring 2009.

Selected Publications


  • Postcolonial Disaster: Narrating the Catastrophe in the 21st Century. Dr. Rastogi has finished a book titled Postcolonial Disaster: Narrating the Catastrophe in the 21st Century. The monograph studies the literary representation of iconic disasters, both natural and human, in South Asia and Southern Africa over the last 15 years. In focusing on how aesthetic narration can flesh out the work of the more policy-oriented field of Disaster Studies, Postcolonial Disaster brings together the humanities and the social sciences to enhance our understanding of disaster as well as its practical management.
  • Afrindian Fictions: Diaspora, Race, and National Desire in South Africa. Columbus: Ohio State University Press, August 2008.
  • Before Windrush: Recovering a Black and Asian Literary Heritage within Britain. Edited collection with Dr Jocelyn Stitt of Minnesota State University. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press, July 2008.


  • Producer, Peace Haven (2014)
    (Produced with Areendam Chanda, Arindam Ghosh, Suman Ghosh, and Tapas Ray; subtitles edited with Arindam Ghosh.)
  • Subtitles for Peace Haven (2014)
    (with Arindam Ghosh and Suman Ghosh)

Awards and Honors for Peace Haven:

  • ACF (Asian Cinema Fund) Script Development Award, Busan International Film Festival, South Korea (2013)
  • World Premier, Busan International Film Festival, South Korea (2015)
  • Official Selection, “A Window on Asian Cinema,” Busan International Film Festival, South Korea (2015)
  • Official Selection, Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival (2015)
  • Winner Best Film Award, Hyderabad Bengali Film Festival (2017)


  • Engaging the “Public: Photo- and Print-journalismforthcoming in Susheila Nasta and Mark Stein eds. The Cambridge History of Black and Asian Writing. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018.
  • "Spicing It Up: Strategic Orientalism and Racial Interconnectedness as Social Curatives in Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s Oleander Girl (2014)" in Feminism and Diaspora: Critical Perspectives on Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni. Edited by Amritjit Singh and Samina Najmi. New York: Rowman & Littlefield. Forthcoming 2018.
  • "'I am British But...': Black and Asian Women's (Self) Determination in Prose" in The Cambridge Companion to Black and Asian Writing in Britain, 1945-2010. Published by Cambridge University Press. Edited by Deirdre Osborne. (Fall 2016): 77-94.
  • "The Leeches are the Least of the Worries”: Blankscapes and Another Other in Jamaica Kincaid's Among Flowersand Biyi Bandele's Burma Boy." Research in African Literatures 46.1 (Spring 2015): 19-36.
  • “Tsunami Stories: Writing Out the Wave in the Oceanic Disaster." Prose Studies36.2 (September 2014): 141-158.
  • “In-Between Histories and Stories: Jewish Indian Identities in the Fiction of Esther David.” South Asian Review 34.2 (Winter 2013) 27-48.
  • “International Geographics: Looking Out in Ishtiyaq Shukri’s The Silent Minaret.” Research in African Literatures. 42.3 (August 2011), 17-30.
  • “Pedagogical Strategies in Discussing Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s Arranged Marriage.” Asian American Literature: Discourses, and Pedagogies. 1 (2010): 35-41.  
  • “When East Meets East: Framing the Sino-South Asian Diaspora.” in Journal of Commonwealth Studies(JCL). March 2009.
  • Introduction to Before Windrush: Recovering a Black and Asian Literary Heritage within Britain; with Dr. Jocelyn Fenton Stitt. 1-14.
  • “An Easterner in the East End: Olive Christian Malvery’s ‘Inverted Imperial Travelogue’” in Before Windrush. 117-140.
  • “Citizen Other: Islamic Indianness and the Implosion of Racial Harmony in Post-apartheid South Africa.” Research in African Literatures. 39.1 (February 2008): 107-124.
  • “Timeless England will Remain Hanging in the Air: Metropolitan/Cosmopolitanism in Nirad Chandra Chaudhuri’s
    A Passage to England.” Prose Studies. 28.3 (December 2006): 318-336.
  • “From South Asia to South Africa: Locating Other Post-colonial Diasporas.” Modern Fiction Studies. 51.3 (Fall 2005): 536-560.
  • "The World Around and the World Afar All Seemed Compassed: Ethnicity in the Victorian Metropolis." Women's Studies. 6.3 (September 2003): 735-59.
  • “Telling Twice-Told Tales All Over Again: Literary and Autobiographical Subversion in Bharati Mukherjee’s Holder of the World.” Form and Transformation in Asian American Literature. Ed. Xiaojing Zhou and Samina Najmi. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2005. 268-284.

Positions in National Organizations:

  • Secretary, South Asian Literary Association, 2017-2019
  • Editorial Board, Safundi : The Journal of South African and American Studies, 2016-
  • Editorial Board, Orlando : Women’s Writing in the British Isles from the Beginnings to the Present (Cambridge University Press), 2016-   

Curriculum Vitae