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Nicki Hitchcott

Associate Professor and Reader in African Francophone Studies, Faculty of Arts

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Research Summary

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… read more

Current Research

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 LĂ©onora 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).

Past Research

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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.

Future Research

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.

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