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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 four modules on the English Literature Degree: Critical Reading (Level 1); Writing America (level 2); 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

Dr. Emily Zobel Marshall’s book, Anansi’s Journey: A Story of Jamaican Cultural Resistance was published by the University of the West Indies Press in 2012. She has also published widely in journals such as World Literatures Written in English, Caribbean Quarterly, Wadabagei, Jamaica Journal and Wasafiri.

She has organised international conferences on Caribbean culture and literature and is currently researching the role of trickster figures in African American literature for her next book, to be published by Rowman and Littlefield, aimed at both a national and international academic and general readership. She is also currently developing a ‘Caribbean Carnival Cultures’ research strand at the Centre for Culture and the Arts at Leeds Beckett, which involves developing research programs and networks in the field with an aim to bring a new dynamism to carnival scholarship in the UK as well as improving public and academic understanding of carnival.

Selected Publications

Journal articles (11)

  • Zobel Marshall EJZ; Zobel J (2017), 'Comme si c'etait Chez Moi': Joseph Zobel a Paris a Travers Ses Lettres (As If I Were at Home: Joseph Zobel Letters from Paris). Continents Manuscrit
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  • Marshall EJZ (2016), Resistance through 'Robber-Talk': Storytelling Strategies and the Carnival trickster. Caribbean Quarterly
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  • Marshall EZ (2016), 'Is Who Send We Up In This Place?' Threshold Paralysis and Postponed Arrivals in Sam Selvon's Lonely Londoners and George Lamming's The Emigrants. Literary London Journal, vol. 13 (1)
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  • Marshall EZ; Zobel J (2013), Dans cette immensité tumultueuse (in this vast tumult). Wasafiri, vol. 28 (1), p. 27-35.
  • Marshall EJZ (2011), Notions of Identity, Diaspora, and Gender in Caribbean Women's Writing. Contemporary Women's Writing, vol. 5 (2), p. 164-166.
  • Zobel J; Marshall EJZ (2011), Lorsque Je Vais Dans Mon Village (When I Return to My Village): Zobel's Visions of Home and Exile. Wasafiri: Caribbean, African, Asian and Associated Literatures in English, vol. 26 (3), p. 1-8.
  • Marshall EJZ (2009), Performing Anansi in Plantation Jamaica: Matthew Lewis' Record of Trickery. Wadabegi A Journal of The Caribbean and its Diaspora, vol. 12 (3)
  • Marshall EJZ (2008), "The Anansi syndrome": A debate concerning Anansi's influence on Jamaican culture. World Literature Written in English, vol. 39 (1), p. 127-136.
  • Marshall EJZ (2008), From Messenger of the Gods to Muse of the People: The Shifting Contexts of Anansi's Metamorphosis.. Jamaica Journal, vol. 29
  • Marshall EJZ (2007), Liminal Anansi: Symbol of Order and Chaos An Exploration of Anansi's Roots Amongst the Asante of Ghana. Caribbean Quarterly, vol. 53 (3)
  • Marshall EJZ (2007), Tracking Anansi. Caribbean Beat(88)

Books (1)

  • Marshall EZ (2011) Anansi's Journey: A Story of Jamaican Cultural Resistance. . University of the West Indies Press.

Chapters (3)

  • Marshall EJZ (2015) Harlem Tricksters: Cheating the Cycle of Trauma in the fiction of Toni Morrison, Ralph Ellison and Nella Larsen. In: Marshall EJZ 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: Marshall EJZ 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: Marshall E Human Bondage in the Cultural Contact Zone. Germany: Waxmann-Verlag, pp. 171-186.

Newspaper or magazine articles (1)

  • Zobel Marshall EJZ (2016), Carnival of the north. Caribbean Beat, vol. 140
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