Dr Audrey Small


Telephone: (0114) 222 2869

email : a.small@sheffield.ac.uk


MA, PhD (Aberdeen)


I graduated from the University of Aberdeen in 1997 with an MA (Hons) in French Studies, after which I went to teach English in Dakar, Senegal. My time in West Africa sharpened my interest in all things extra-hexagonal, and I returned to Aberdeen to study for a PhD, funded by the Students Awards Agency for Scotland. My thesis examined the links between publishing and literary discourses of identity in francophone African literature, focussing on Guinea and Senegal. I taught at Aberdeen for four years before coming to Sheffield in 2002.

Research Interests

My main areas of interest lie in:

  • Publishing and cultural production in francophone West Africa
  • How perceptions of ‘Africa’ and of ‘African literature’ are constructed and circulated via print and via institutions such as the National Library
  • the problematic nature of the 'post(-)colonial'
  • post(-)colonial discourses of identity

Current and Recent Research Projects

  • I am currently working on a number of collaborative projects, including a Conakry research visit funded by the Sheffield SURE scheme

Key Recent Publications

  • ‘Roots, rhizomes and l’Africano: traces of Glissant in Tierno Monénembo’s Pelourinho’, in Journal of Transatlantic Studies, 7.3 (2009), 304-316.
  • ‘Inclusivity and Identity in a West African Audiovisual Archive’, in International Journal of the Inclusive Museum, 2.3 (2009), 1-6.
  • ‘Introduction générale’, in Les Ecritures gabonaises: histoire, thèmes et langues, ed. by Pierre Ndemby-Mamfoumby (Yaoundé: Editions Clé, 2009).
  • ‘Boubacar Boris Diop au Post-colonial ? Editions et tendances au Sénégal aujourd’hui’, in La littérature africaine au XXIe siècle : sortir du post-colonial, ed. by Amina Bekkat, Afifa Bererhi and Benaouda Lebdai (Blida : Editions du Tell, 2008), 41-50.
  • ‘The Duty of Memory: a solidarity of voices after the Rwandan genocide’, in Paragraph (2007), 85-100.
  • ‘Tierno Monénembo: Morality, mockery and Rwandan genocide’, in Forum for Modern Language Studies, 42.2 (2006), 200-211.
  • ‘Le Devoir de mémoire : Fiction et Témoignage dans trois textes’, in Dix ans après : Réflexions sur le Génocide rwandais, ed. by Rangira Béa Gallimore and Chantal Kalisa (Paris: L’Harmattan, 2005), 121-141.

Professional Activities

  • Member of the editorial board of Guinea’s leading literary journal 3P+.

Postgraduate Research

I am interested in supervising research into any aspect of West African literature, particularly where aspects of production and perception are involved.



  • MA in French Studies: Cultural Studies (units on Tierno Monénembo)


I teach French language at all levels, and the following modules:

  • FRE105 French Classic Narratives : Ahmadou Kourouma’s The Suns of Independence
  • FRE107/8 Aimé Césaire’s Discours sur le colonialisme
  • FRE275/6 La Francophonie : langue, colonie et civilisation
  • FRE371/2 Literature and Politics of the Post(-)colonial