Associate Professor and Reader in African Francophone Studies, Faculty of Arts
I work on postcolonial literatures in French, particularly writing by women from sub-Saharan Africa. I am currently working on two projects. The first analyzes fictional responses to the 1994 Rwanda genocide. You can read more about this project on my research website: http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/french/research/rwanda.aspx
The second project focuses on contemporary fiction by 'Afropean' writers such as Léonora Miano, Alain Mabanckou and Samy Tchak. Dominic Thomas (UCLA) and I have just completed an edited volume, Francophone Afropean Literatures, which will combine scholarly articles with original short pieces by a number of Afropean authors. The volume will be published by Liverpool University Press in Spring 2014.
I have supervised 12 research degrees to successful completion on various aspects of postcolonial Francophone literature and welcome enquiries from students interested in this area.
I am President of the Society for Francophone Postcolonial Studies http://www.sfps.ac.uk and General Editor of Francophone Postcolonial Studies (published by Liverpool University Press).
I have published on African women's writing in French; migrant writers in Paris; Calixthe Beyala; textual ownership in francophone Africa and fictional responses to the 1994 Rwanda genocide.
I am developing my research on the 1994 Rwanda genocide into a book-length project provisionally entitled Rwanda Genocide Stories: Fiction After 1994. I have recently been awarded a 12-month Research Fellowship by the Leverhulme Trust to allow me to complete this project.