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Professor Nicki Hitchcott

Prof Nicki HitchcottContact Information

nmh2@st-andrews.ac.uk
Phone: 01334 463636
Office: Buchanan 101

Module surgery hours:
Monday 11-12, Wednesday 10-11

Full research profile

Research and Teaching

My research is in the area of postcolonial literatures in French, particularly fiction from sub-Saharan Africa. My past research has focused strongly on African women’s writing and migrant fiction. For the past ten years, I have been working on cultural responses to the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda. One of the outputs of this research has been a book entitled Rwanda Genocide Stories: Fiction After 1994. (Liverpool University Press). The research for this book was funded by a 12-month Research Fellowship from the Leverhulme Trust. From 2015 to 2018, I led the AHRC-funded project, Rwandan Stories of Change, which analysed post-traumatic growth in testimonies from survivors and perpetrators of the genocide. In partnership with the Aegis Trust and the Genocide Archive of Rwanda, this project investigated the ways in which individual Rwandan people have adjusted and reconstructed their identity in the years since the genocide. Two co-edited volumes from this project were published in 2019: Rwanda Since 1994: Stories of Change (Liverpool University Press) and After the Genocide in Rwanda: Stories of Violence, Change and Reconciliation (I. B. Tauris).

In 2018, I was nominated for the inaugural 2018 Wellcome Trust/AHRC Health Humanities Medal in the category of Best International Research.

I have supervised 12 research degrees to successful completion on various aspects of postcolonial francophone studies, including African philosophy and women’s documentary cinema, as well as African and Caribbean literature in French. I warmly welcome enquiries from students interested in this area.

Publications

Rwanda Since 1994: Stories of Change
Grayson, H. L. (ed.) & Hitchcott, N. (ed.), 17 May 2019, Liverpool University Press.
Research output: Book/ReportBook

After the Genocide in Rwanda: Testimonies of Violence, Change and Reconcilation
Grayson, H. L. (ed.), Hitchcott, N. (ed.), Blackie, L. E. R. (ed.) & Joseph, S. (ed.), 2019, IB Tauris.
Research output: Book/ReportBook

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: Book/ReportBook

Francophone Afropean literatures
Hitchcott, N. (ed.) & Thomas, D. (ed.), 10 Apr 2014, Liverpool: Liverpool University Press. 256 p. ( Francophone postcolonial studies ; vol. 5) https://doi.org/10.5949/liverpool/9781781380345.001.0001
Research output: Book/ReportBook

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

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: Book/ReportBook

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

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

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

Women Writers in Francophone Africa
Hitchcott, N., 2000, Berg.
Research output: Book/ReportBook

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

 

Intimate enemies: representations of perpetrators in literary responses to the 1994 genocide in Rwanda
Hitchcott, N., 2018, Perpetrating Selves: Doing Violence, Performing Identity. Bielby, C. & Stevenson Murer, J. (eds.). Palgrave Macmillan, p. 155-176 https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-96785-1_8
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

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 https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-59177-7_18
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

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. https://doi.org/10.1017/9781315817663
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Introduction: Francophone Afropeans
Hitchcott, N. & Thomas, D., 2014, Francophone Afropean Literatures. Liverpool University Press, p. 1-13 https://doi.org/10.5949/liverpool/9781781380345.003.0001
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (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 https://doi.org/10.5949/liverpool/9781781380345.003.0009
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

Calixthe Beyala
Hitchcott, N., 2011, Dictionary of African Biography. Gates Jr, H. L. & Akyeampong, E. K. (eds.). Oxford University Press
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingEntry 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: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

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: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

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: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

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: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

 

"I am Rwandan": unity and reconciliation in post-genocide Rwanda
Blackie, L. E. R. & Hitchcott, N., 20 Jun 2018, In : Genocide Studies and Prevention. 12, 1, p. 24-37 5. https://doi.org/10.5038/1911-9933.12.1.1480
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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 https://doi.org/10.21039/jpr.v1i1.39
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

‘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. https://doi.org/10.3828/jrs.2017.14
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Visions of civil war and genocide in fiction from Rwanda
Hitchcott, N., 2017, In : Research in African Literatures. 48, 2, p. 152-165 https://doi.org/10.2979/reseafrilite.48.2.11
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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 https://doi.org/10.1037/pac0000218
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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

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. https://doi.org/10.2979/reseafrilite.44.2.76
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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: Contribution to journalArticle

Writing on bones: Commemorating genocide in Boubacar Boris Diop's Murambi
Hitchcott, N., 1 Sep 2009, In : Research in African Literatures. 40, 3, p. 48-61 14 p. https://doi.org/10.2979/RAL.2009.40.3.48
Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Travels in inhumanity: Véronique Tadjo's tourism in Rwanda
Hitchcott, N., 1 May 2009, In : French Cultural Studies. 20, 2, p. 149-164 16 p. https://doi.org/10.1177/0957155809102630
Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

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: Contribution to journalArticle

Introduction
Hargreaves, A. G., Hitchcott, N. & Thomas, D., 1 Dec 2006, In : Research in African Literatures. 37, 1
Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

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

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

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

Comment cuisiner son mari à l'Africaine: Calixthe Beyala's recipes for migrant identity
Hitchcott, N., 1 Dec 2003, In : French Cultural Studies. 14, 2, p. 211-220 10 p. https://doi.org/10.1177/01427237030142006
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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: Contribution to journalArticle

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: Contribution to journalArticle

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

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: Contribution to journalArticle

African Oedipus?
Hitchcott, N., 1996, In : Paragraph. 16, 1, p. 59-67
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle