Dr Nicola Frith

image of nicke
Dr Nicola Frith
Lecturer in French
+44 (0)1248 382121 (2121 internal)
Room 340, New Arts Building

Dr Nicola Frith is a specialist in Francophone Postcolonial Studies. Her primary field of interest lies in the effects of colonial memory on contemporary French society, with a particular focus on the politics underpinning the creation of collective memories of slavery within and beyond the nation-state. She studied French at the University of Liverpool (1995–99), before working in London as a magazine editor, travelling in South America, South East Asia and China, and living and working in Japan as an English language teacher. She completed her Ph.D. at the University of Liverpool in 2009, where she investigated representations of colonial rivalry in Indian between Britain and France during the nineteenth century and the Indian ‘Mutiny’ (1857–58).

Dr Nicola Frith teaches and supervises topics in the general area of Francophone Postcolonial Studies, contemporary French history and French literature. More specifically, her undergraduate and postgraduate teaching explores memories of slavery using postcolonial theorization, postcolonial literature from the French Antilles and Indian Ocean, as well as French politics, race and immigration.


Dr Frith teaches on core French language courses (primarily grammar and translation) and content modules. Individual modules that she convenes include French Language Skills (year 2), Paris (year 2), Presidents and Power (final year) and Remembering Slavery (final year). She also contributes to teaching on the final year French Language Skills core module and content modules on Contemporary Europe and its History (year 1), Working with European Literature (year 1) and Race and Immigration (year 2).


Dr Frith teaches on the MA in Translation Studies (Research Methods) and MA in European Languages and Cultures, as well as acting as supervisor for Masters and Doctoral candidates.

PhD Supervision

Dr Frith supervises topics in the general area of Francophone Postcolonial Studies, with a specialist focus on memory studies, slavery and French colonialism. More specifically, she is interested in proposals that explore questions of how colonial history continues to affect contemporary French society. Particularly welcome are proposals relating to postcolonial commemorative practices, museology and memorialization, the formation of community memories (among ethnic minorities), representations of immigration and postcolonial literatures. Comparative studies between former European colonial powers are also of interest, as are projects that aim for a cross-disciplinary approach to their research (for example, with disciplines such as social sciences, media studies, history, law and geography).

Current Research

Francophone postcolonial studies; memory studies; nineteenth- and twentieth-century colonial history; community and belonging in contemporary French society; memories of slavery and the slave trade; the politics of memory; justice and reparations; museology and commemorative practices; transnationalism.

Active Field Interests

  • Memories of slavery in contemporary France
  • Collective memory formation within and beyond the French Republic (belonging and integration)


  • Nicola Frith, From Empire to Republic: France Writes the Indian “Mutiny” (1857–58) (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, forthcoming 2014)
  • Kate Marsh and Nicola Frith (editors), France’s Lost Empires: Fragmentation, Nostalgia and la fracture coloniale (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2011)

Book and Journal Contributions

  • Nicola Frith, ‘“Working Through” Slavery: The Limits of Shared Memories in Contemporary France’, Irish Journal of Francophone Studies, 13 (2013, forthcoming)
  • Nicola Frith, ‘Crime and Penitence in Slavery Commemoration: From Political Controversy to the Politics of Performance’ Memory and Commemoration in Contemporary France, ed. by Fiona Barclay (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2013)
  • Nicola Frith, ‘Compensating for l’Inde perdue: Narrating a “Special Relationship” between France and India in Romanticized Tales of the Indian Uprisings (1857–58)’, in France’s Lost Empires: Fragmentation, Nostalgia and la fracture coloniale, ed. by Kate Marsh and Nicola Frith (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2011), pp. 87–100
  • Nicola Frith, ‘“That Sweet Enemy”: Counter-Narrating the Indian Uprisings in French-language Texts and Images’, in Insurgent Sepoys: Europe Views the Revolt of 1857, ed. by Shaswati Mazumdar (India: Routledge, 2011), pp. 47–62
  • Nicola Frith, ‘Rebels or Revolutionaries: Representing the 1857 Kanpur Massacres in English- and French-Language Texts and Images’, Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, 12 (2010), 368–82
  • Nicola Frith, ‘“The Demon of Cawnpore”: Writing the Indian “Mutiny”’, in Histoires de l’Inde — Histories/Stories of India (India: Routledge, 2008), pp. 43–58
  • Nicola Frith, ‘Imagining “Freedom”: The Rhetoric of Slavery in French-Language Writing about the Indian “Mutinies”’, in Postcolonial Slavery (Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars, 2008), pp. 23–41


Forthcoming conference:

‘City Margins, City Memories’

School of Modern Languages & School of Philosophy & Religion, Bangor University & Institute of Germanic and Romance Studies

Contact email:cityconference@bangor.ac.uk

Date: Monday 7 April–Tuesday 8 April, 2014

Call for Papers can be found on the conference website: http://cityconference.bangor.ac.uk/

Venue: Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies,
University of London School of Advanced Study, Senate House, London

An International Interdisciplinary Conference organized by the School of Modern Languages
and the School of Philosophy and Religion, Bangor University and the Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies.

Keynote Speakers: Professor Bill Marshall (IGRS) & Professor Hugh Campbell (UCD School of Architecture).