Dr Deirdre Osborne
reader in english literature and drama, Goldsmiths, University of London

Deirdre Osborne is a reader in English Literature and Drama at Goldsmiths, University of London. She co-convenes the MA Black British Writing, winner of the Student Union Teaching Award for ‘Compelling and Diverse Curriculum’ (2018) and teaches modules on Shakespeare, Cultural Theory, Feminism, Modernism and Postmodernism. Deirdre has a commitment to literary activism in educational curriculum and events management. She designed the EdExcel Board’s A-level ‘Contemporary Black British Literature’ materials (2018) and has contributed an essay to the forthcoming 100th issue of Wasafiri titled, ‘From Institutional Exclusion to Institutionalisation: “Decolonising” Literary Curricula’.

Research interests span late-Victorian literature and maternity, Landmark Poetics, mixedness, adoption aesthetics and Black writing. Publications include: editor of the first Cambridge Companion to British Black and Asian Literature (1945-2010) (2016), guest-editor Special Issue, ‘Contemporary Black British Women’s Writing’ Women: a Cultural Review (2009), a critical edition and commentary of Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun (Methuen 2011). She edited Hidden Gems Vols. I and II, (Oberon Books) including plays by SuAndi, Lennie James, Courttia Newland, Lemn Sissay, Kwame Kwei-Armah, Malika Booker. She is contributing co-editor of Modern and Contemporary Black British Drama (Palgrave, 2014) and Associate Editor of the scholarly journal Women’s Writing (Taylor and Francis).


Sunday 3 November, 10:00 Frobisher 1-3
Arts and diversity: time to rewrite the canon?