During what has become officially kwn as the gecide against the Tutsi, as many as one million Rwandan people were brutally massacred between April and July 1994. This book presents a critical study of fictional responses by authors inside and outside Rwanda to the 1994 gecide. Focusing on a large and original corpus of creative writing by African authors, including writers from Rwanda, Rwanda Gecide Stories: Fiction After 1994 examines the positionality of authors and their texts in relation to the gecide. How do issues of `ethnicity', nationality, geographical location and family history affect the ways in which creative writers respond to what happened in 1994? And how do such factors lead to authors and their texts being positioned by others? The book is organized around the principal subject positions created by the gecide, categories that have particular contations and have become fraught with political tension and ambiguity in the context of post-gecide Rwanda. Through analysis of the figures of tourists, witnesses, survivors, victims and perpetrators, the book identifies the ways in which readers of gecide stories are compelled to reevaluate their kwledge of Rwanda and take an active role in commemorative processes: as self-critical tourists, ethical witnesses, judges or culpable bystanders, we are encouraged to ackwledge and assume our own responsibility for what happened in 1994.
Nicki Hitchcott is a Senior Lecturer in French at University of Nottingham. Previous publications include Women Writers in Francophone Africa (Berg, 2000)