Prof J Hiddleston

Professor of Literatures in French, Fellow of Exeter College


Jane Hiddleston’s research interests include francophone postcolonial literature, and literary theory. Her first book investigates notions of community in French philosophy and North African immigrant literature in French, and she has also published a study of the Algerian writer Assia Djebar, whom she situates in relation to contemporary French philosophy and postcolonial theory. In 2009, she published a student introduction to postcolonialism entitled Understanding Postcolonialism and, in 2010, a research monograph entitled Poststructuralism and Postcoloniality: The Anxiety of Theory. In 2014 she completed a monograph on francophone intellectuals at the time of decolonisation, entitled Decolonising the Intellectuals: Politics, Culture, and Humanism at the End of the French Empire, and she also published an edited volume, together with Patrick Crowley, on Postcolonial Poetics: Genre and Form, for the new Liverpool University Press series on Francophone Postcolonial Studies. She also edited a Special Issue of the International Journal of Francophone Studies, entitled ‘The Postcolonial Human’, in 2013. She is now working on completing a monograph entitled Writing After Postcolonialism: Francophone North African Literature in Transition for Bloomsbury Press.


French language and literature, especially nineteenth and twentieth century, francophone literature and literary theory. Special authors Stendhal, Flaubert, Baudelaire, Gide, Sartre, Duras. Special subjects on postcolonial literatures and literary theory.

Graduate Teaching

Mst Key Questions in Critical Thought course, and Special Subject on Francophone Literature. I would be prepared to supervise Mst dissertations and DPhils in a range of subjects in francophone literature, postcolonial theory and literary theory.



Reinventing Community: Identity and Difference in Late Twentieth-century Philosophy and Literature in French (Oxford: Legenda, 2005)

Assia Djebar: Out of Algeria (Liverpool University Press, 2006)

Understanding Postcolonialism. Acumen, 2009.

Poststructuralism and Postcoloniality: The Anxiety of Theory. Liverpool University Press, 2010.

Decolonising the Intellectual: Politics, Culture, and Humanism at the End of the French Empire. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2014.

Selected Articles:

‘The Specific Plurality of Assia Djebar’, French Studies, 58.3 (2004)

‘Political Violence and Singular Testimony: Assia Djebar’s Le Blanc de l’Algerie’, Law and Literature, 17.1 (2005)

‘Derrida, Autobiography and Postcoloniality’, French Cultural Studies, 16.3 (2005)

‘Displacing Barthes: Self, Other, and the Anxiety of Theory’, Modern and Contemporary France, 15.2 (2007), 169-184

‘Spivak’s Echo: Theorizing Otherness and the Space of Response’, Textual Practice 21.4 (2007), 623-640.

‘The Perplexed Persona of Frantz Fanon’s Peau noire, masques blancs’, Postcolonial Text 4.4 (2008), 1-16.

‘Lyotard’s Algeria: Experiments in Theory’, Paragraph 33.1 (2010), 52-69

‘Aime Cesaire and Postcolonial Humanism’, The Modern Languages Review 105.1 (2010), 87-102.

‘Imprisonment, freedom and literary opacity in the work of Nawal El Saadawi and Assia Djebar’, in Feminist Theory 11.2 (2010), 1-17.

‘Interpretation politique et theorie postcoloniale: le moi, l’autre, et les incertitudes de la critique’, Litteratures francophones et politiques ed. Jean Bessiere. Paris: Editions Karthala, 2010, 51-62.

Nancy, Globalisation, and Postcolonial Humanity’, in Jean-Luc Nancy: Justice, Legality, World, ed. Ben Hutchens. Continuum 2011: 146-160.

 ’Fanon, Nationalism, and Humanism: The Paradoxes of the Postcolonial Intellectual’, Irish Journal of French Studies 10 (2010): 115-131

Le Silence de l’ecriture’: Arabic and its Absence in the Francophone Writing of Assia Djebar and Leïla Sebbar’, in Fixxion, Special Issue on ‘L’écrivain et ses langues’. 2011.

Introduction’, The Postcolonial Human. Special Issue of the International Journal of Francophone Studies, 15.3-4, 2012.

Man in Motion: Kateb Yacine and the Poetics of Revolution’, The Postcolonial Human. Special Issue of the International Journal of Francophone Studies, 15.3-4, 2012: 435-454.

‘Rewriting Algeria, Past and Present: History and Cultural Politics in Two Novels by Tahar Djaout’, in Alexander McFie (ed.), The Fiction of History, Routledge, 2014.

‘Measures of Violence: Terrorism in Camus, Dib and Beyond’, Forum for Modern Language Studies, (October 2014): 1-13.

‘Travelling Poetry: Text as Migrant in Amin Maalouf’s Samarcande’, in Comparative Critical Studies 11.2-3, Special Issue on Migration (2014): 249-263.

‘The Woman who said “no”: Colonialism, Islam, and Feminist Resistance in the Works of Assia Djebar’, in Robin Goodman (ed.), Literature and the Development of Feminist Theory, (Cambridge University Press, 2016) 230-242.

‘Etat présent: North African Literature’, French Studies 70.1 (2016): 82-92.


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