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Professor Nicki Hitchcott

Prof Nicki HitchcottContact Information
Phone: 01334 463636
Office: Buchanan 101

Module surgery hours:
Monday, Wednesday 11-12

Full research profile

Research and Teaching

My research is in the area of postcolonial literatures in French, particularly fiction from sub-Saharan Africa. I am currently working on two projects about the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. The first analyzes fictional responses to the genocide. One of the outputs of this project has been a book entitled Rwanda Genocide Stories: Fiction After 1994. The research for this book was funded by a 12-month Research Fellowship from the Leverhulme Trust.

The second project, Rwandan Stories of Change, analyses post-traumatic growth in testimonies from survivors and perpetrators of the genocide. Funded by an AHRC Research Grant, this project investigates the ways in which individual Rwandan people have adjusted and reconstructed their identity in the years since the genocide. The project is a collaboration between the Department of French at the University of St Andrews, the School of Education at the University of Nottingham, the Aegis Trust, and the Genocide Archive of Rwanda.

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.


Rwanda genocide stories: fiction after 1994
Hitchcott, N. 26 Nov 2015 Liverpool: Liverpool University Press. 224 p. (Contemporary French and francophone cultures; vol. 38)
Research output: ResearchBook

Francophone Afropean literatures
Hitchcott, N. (ed.) & Thomas, D. (ed.) 10 Apr 2014 Liverpool: Liverpool University Press. 256 p. ( Francophone postcolonial studies ; vol. 5)
Research output: ResearchBook

Textual Ownership in Francophone African Fiction: Special Issue of Research in African Literatures
Hitchcott, N. (ed.), Thomas, D. (ed.) & Hargreaves, A. G. (ed.) 2006 Research in African Literatures.
Research output: ResearchBook

Calixthe Beyala: Performances of Migration
Hitchcott, N. 2006 Liverpool: Liverpool University Press. 190 p.
Research output: ResearchBook

Black Paris: Special Issue of Journal of Romance Studies
Hitchcott, N. (ed.) & Haigh, S. (ed.) 2005 Institute of Romance Studies.
Research output: ResearchBook

Gender and Francophone Writing
Hitchcott, N. (ed.) 2001 1 ed. Nottingham French Studies.
Research output: ResearchBook

Francophone Literatures: a Literary and Linguistic Companion
Hitchcott, N., Offord, M., Ibnlfassi, L., Haigh, S. & Chapman, R. 2001 Routledge.
Research output: ResearchBook

Women Writers in Francophone Africa
Hitchcott, N. 2000 Berg.
Research output: ResearchBook

African Francophone Writing: A Critical Introduction
Hitchcott, N. (ed.) & Ibnlfassi, L. (ed.) 1996 Berg.
Research output: ResearchBook


Distinguishing post-traumatic growth from psychological adjustment among Rwandan genocide survivors
Blackie, L. E. R., Jayawickreme, E., Hitchcott, N. & Joseph, S. 2017 Varieties of Virtue Ethics. Carr, D., Arthur, J. & Kristjánsson, K. (eds.). Palgrave Macmillan, p. 299-317
Research output: ResearchChapter

Memorial Stories: Commemorating the Rwanda Genocide through Fiction
Hitchcott, N. 1 Jan 2014 Remembering Genocide. Eltringham, N. & Maclean, P. (eds.). Taylor and Francis, p. 54-70 17 p.
Research output: ResearchChapter

Introduction: Francophone Afropeans
Hitchcott, N. & Thomas, D. 2014 Francophone Afropean Literatures. Liverpool University Press, p. 1-13
Research output: Research - peer-reviewChapter (peer-reviewed)

Sex and the Afropean City: Léonora Miano's Blues pour Elise
Hitchcott, N. 2014 Francophone Afropean Literatures. Hitchcott, N. & Thomas, D. (eds.). Liverpool University Press, p. 124-137
Research output: Research - peer-reviewChapter (peer-reviewed)

Calixthe Beyala
Hitchcott, N. 2011 Dictionary of African Biography. Gates Jr, H. L. & Akyeampong, E. K. (eds.). Oxford University Press
Research output: ResearchEntry for encyclopedia/dictionary

Looking for Elsewhere: Imagined Communities in Calixthe Beyala's Fiction
Hitchcott, N. 2002 Thresholds of Otherness/Autrement Mêmes. Murphy, D. & Ni Loingsigh, A. (eds.). Grant and Cutler, p. 273-285
Research output: ResearchChapter

Migrating Genders in Calixthe Beyala's Fiction
Hitchcott, N. 2001 Immigrant Narratives in Contemporary France. Ireland, S. & Proulx, P. J. (eds.). Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, p. 177-185
Research output: ResearchChapter

Calixthe Beyala and the Post-Colonial Woman
Hitchcott, N. 1997 Post-Colonial Cultures in France. Hargreaves, A. G. & McKinney, M. (eds.). Routledge, p. 211-225
Research output: ResearchChapter

Female Sexuality and Family Romance: Tanella Boni's Une Vie de crabe
Hitchcott, N. 1997 Black Accents: Writing in French from African and the Caribbean. Little, J. P. & Little, R. (eds.). London: Grant and Cutler, p. 97-107
Research output: ResearchChapter


Looking for post-traumatic growth in perpetrators of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda: a discussion of theoretical and ethical issues
Blackie, L. E. R., Hitchcott, N. & Joseph, S. 12 Dec 2017 In : Journal of Perpetrator Research. 1, 1, p. 64-84
Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

‘More than just a genocide country’: recuperating Rwanda in the writings of Scholastique Mukasonga
Hitchcott, N. 5 Dec 2017 In : Journal of Romance Studies. 17, 2, p. 127-149 23 p.
Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Visions of civil war and genocide in fiction from Rwanda
Hitchcott, N. Jun 2017 In : Research in African Literatures. 48, 2, p. 152-165
Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Can people experience posttraumatic growth after committing violent acts?
Blackie, L. E. R., Roepke, A. M., Hitchcott, N. & Joseph, S. Nov 2016 In : Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology. 22, 4, p. 409-412
Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Rwanda, Ethnopolitics and Fiction
Hitchcott, N. 2014 In : Bulletin of Francophone Postcolonial Studies. 5, 1, p. 2-7
Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Between remembering and forgetting: (In)visible Rwanda in Gilbert Gatore's Le Passé devant soi
Hitchcott, N. 2013 In : Research in African Literatures. 44, 2, p. 79-90 12 p.
Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Benjamin Sehene vs Father Wenceslas Munyeshyaka: the Fictional Trial of a Genocide Priest
Hitchcott, N. 2012 In : Journal of African Cultural Studies. 24, 1, p. 21-34
Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

A Global African Commemoration - 'Rwanda: Ecrire par devoir de mémoire
Hitchcott, N. 2009 In : Forum for Modern Language Studies. 45, 2, p. 151 161 p.
Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Writing on Bones: Commemorating Genocide in Boubacar Boris Diop's Murambi
Hitchcott, N. 2009 In : Research in African Literatures. 40, 3, p. 48-61
Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Travels in Inhumanity: Véronique Tadjo's Tourism in Rwandan
Hitchcott, N. 2009 In : French Cultural Studies. 20, 2, p. 149-164
Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Calixthe Beyala: Prizes, Plagiarism and 'Authenticity'
Hitchcott, N. 2006 In : Research in African Literatures. 37, 1, p. 100-109
Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Calixthe Beyala: Black Face(s) on French TV
Hitchcott, N. 2004 In : Modern & Contemporary France. 12, 4, p. 473-482
Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Telling Tales: Calixthe Beyala's Les Arbres en parlent encore
Hitchcott, N. 2004 In : Dalhousie French Studies. 68, p. 17-25
Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Comment cuisiner son mari à l'africaine: Calixthe Beyala's Recipes for Migrant Femininity
Hitchcott, N. 2002 In : French Cultural Studies. 14, 2, p. 211-220
Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

She's not a Feminist, but... Francophone African Women's Writing and Feminist Ideology
Hitchcott, N. 1997 In : ASCALF Yearbook. 2, p. 18-27
Research output: ResearchArticle

African 'Herstory': the Feminist Reader and the African Autobiographical Voice
Hitchcott, N. 1997 In : Research in African Literatures. 28, 2, p. 16-33
Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

La Problématique du féminisme dans la littérature francophone des femmes africaines
Hitchcott, N. 1997 In : LittéRéalité. 9, 1, p. 33-42
Research output: ResearchArticle

Cautionary Affairs: Women in Francophone Africa (re)write the Popular Romance
Hitchcott, N. 1997 In : Journal of the Institute of Romance Studies. 5, p. 341-350
Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

African Oedipus?
Hitchcott, N. 1996 In : Paragraph. 16, 1, p. 59-67
Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle