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Dr Emily Zobel Marshall

About Dr Emily Zobel Marshall

Dr. Emily Zobel Marshall’s research is informed by Postcolonial theory and spans a broad range of concerns, including examinations of constructions of identity (in particular hybrid and liminal identities), race and racial politics and Caribbean carnival cultures. She is particularly interested in forms of cultural resistance and cross-cultural fertilisation in the face of colonialism. Her work also often focuses on the ways in which hybrid identities, languages and literatures challenge and modify existing social and cultural structures.

Emily is also an expert in the role of trickster figures in the literatures and cultures of Africa and its Diaspora and has published widely in this area.

Current Teaching

Dr. Emily Zobel Marshall's has been a full-time Lecturer at the School of Cultural Studies since 2007. at undergraduate level, she teaches three modules on the English Literature Degree: Contemporary Literature Studies (Level 1); Postcolonial Writing (Level 2); Cultural Crossings: Race, Writing and Resistance (Level 3).. At postgraduate level, as part of the Contemporary Literatures MA programme she offers the module Translating Tricksters: Literatures of the Black Atlantic. She is also a PhD supervisor to several students within the school. 

She has a great deal of experience in supervising undergraduate students writing dissertations on migrant and postcolonial literatures and welcomes research students interested in many areas of contemporary literature, especially topics related to African, Caribbean, African-American and Black British literatures and cultures, postcolonial theory and interdisciplinary approaches to postcolonial writing.

Research Interests

Emily's research specialisms are Caribbean literature and Caribbean carnival cultures. She is an expert on the trickster figure in the folklore, oral cultures and literature of the African Diaspora and has published widely in these fields. She has also established a Caribbean Carnival Cultures research platform and network that aims to bring the critical, creative, academic and artistic aspects of carnival into dialogue with one another.

Emily regularly hosts and chairs literary events and has organised international conferences on the literature and cultures of the African diaspora. She is a regular contributor to BBC radio discussions on racial politics and Caribbean culture. Her books focus on the role of the trickster in Caribbean and African American cultures; her first book, Anansi’s Journey: A Story of Jamaican Cultural Resistance (2012) was published by the University of the West Indies Press and her second book, American Trickster: Trauma Tradition and Brer Rabbit, was published by Rowman and Littlefield in 2019.

Emily is also a published poet.

Selected Publications

Journal articles (17)

Books (2)

Chapters (6)

  • Zobel Marshall E (2021) Carnival, Calypso and Dancehall Cultures: Making the Popular Political in Contemporary Caribbean Writing'. In: Caribbean Literature in Transition, 1970-2020: Volume 3. : Cambridge University Press, pp. .
  • Zobel Marshall EJZ (2019) 'It's not all Sequins and Bikinis': Power, Performance and Play in the Leeds and Trinidad Carnival. In: Cateau H; Riggio M Turning Tides: Caribbean Intersections in the Americas and Beyond. : Ian Randle Publishers, pp. .
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  • Zobel Marshall EJZ (2018) (2018) 'This is Not a Fairytale: Anansi and the Web of Narrative Power' in Teverson, A (ed.) The Fairy Tale World (Routledge).. In: Teverson A Teverson, A (ed.) The Fairy Tale World (Routledge). : Routledge, pp. .
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  • Marshall EJZ (2015) Harlem Tricksters: Cheating the Cycle of Trauma in the fiction of Toni Morrison, Ralph Ellison and Nella Larsen. In: Ward A Postcolonial Traumas: Memory, Narrative, Resistance. : Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 48-64.
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  • Marshall EJZ (2010) And Always Anancy Changes: An Exploration of Andrew Salkey's Anancy Stories. In: The Caribbean Short Story: Critical Perspectives. Leeds: Peepal Tree Press, pp. .
  • Marshall E (2010) Anansi, Eshu, and Legba: Slave Resistance and the West African Trickster. In: Hormann R; Mackenthun G Human Bondage in the Cultural Contact Zone. Germany: Waxmann-Verlag, pp. 171-186.

Newspaper or magazine articles (1)

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