Professor Joan Anim-Addo

Joan’s research activities have been into Caribbean Literature and diaspora, women’s writing and Black presence in Europe.

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Professor Joan Anim-Addo


Emeritus Professor of Caribbean Literature and Culture


English and Creative Writing


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B.Ed (Hons), MA, PhD. Appointed Goldsmiths, Director of the then Centre for Caribbean Studies, 1994.


I am currently the convenor for the undergraduate option: Caribbean Women's Writing. I also convene the Pathway 'Literature of the Caribbean and its Diasporas' within the MA Comparative Literary Studies programme.

Areas of supervision

  • Natasha Bonnelame, "Translated Modernities: Locating the Modern Subject in Caribbean Literature"
  • Marl'ene Edwin, "In the Body of the Archive: Representations of Creole Language and Culture"
  • Sonia Hope, "Challenging (In)difference: Reassessing Theories of Authorship in Relation to Black British Women’s Literature"
  • Tendai Marima, "Suns of the Mbira: A Critical Exploration of the Multiple Figurations of Femininity in Selected Fiction by Yvonne Vera and Tsitsi Dangaremba"
  • Midori Saito, "Reading Jean Rhys in the Context of Caribbean Literature: Re-positioning her texts in the Negritude Movement and the Caribbean Literary Renaissance"
  • Rachel Thompson, "Narratives of Return: The Contemporary Caribbean Writer and the Quest for Home"

Publications and research outputs


Anim-Addo, Joan; Osborne, Deirdre and Sesay, Kadija. 2021. This is the Canon: Decolonize Your Bookshelf in 50 Books. London: Quercus Editions. ISBN 9781529414592

Anim-Addo, Joan. 2008. Imoinda: or She Who Will Lose Her Name: A Play for Twelve Voice in Three Acts. Mango Publishing. ISBN 978-1902294391

Anim-Addo, Joan. 2007. Touching The Body: History, Language and African-Caribbean Women’s Writing. London: Mango Publishing. ISBN 9781902294230

Edited Book

X Marks the Spot; Anim-Addo, Joan and Greenan, Althea, eds. 2015. Human Endeavour: a creative finding aid for the Women of Colour Index. London: Goldsmiths, University of London. ISBN 978-1-902770-15-4

Anim-Addo, Joan; Covi, Giovanna and Karavanta, Mina, eds. 2009. Interculturality and Gender. London: Mango Publishing. ISBN 978 1 902294 40 7

Anim-Addo, Joan and Scafe, Suzanne, eds. 2007. I am Black, White, Yellow: An Introduction to the Black Body in Europe. London: Mango Publishing. ISBN 978-1902294315

Edited Journal

Anim-Addo, Joan; Gunaratnam, Yasmin and Scafe, Suzanne, eds. 2014. Black British Feminisms, Feminist Review, 108(1). 0141-7789

Book Section

Anim-Addo, Joan. 2013. Writing and Resistance: Tracing Grenada’s Written Literary Tradition. In: N. Faraclas; R. Severing; C. Weijer; E. Echteld and M. Hinds-Layne, eds. Transcultural Roots Uprising: The Rhizomatic Languages, Literatures and Cultures of the Caribbean. Willemstad: University of Curaçao and Fundashon pa Planifikashon di Idioma, pp. 17-32. ISBN 9789990423174

Anim-Addo, Joan. 2013. I, Daughter”: Auto/Biography, Fractured Histories, and Familial Quest for “Scotch Blood” in Grenada and the Grenadines. In: Carla Sassi and Theo van Heijnsbergen, eds. Within and Without Empire: Scotland Across the (Post)colonial Borderline. New Castle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 168-194. ISBN 9781443855679

Anim-Addo, Joan. 2009. Tracing Knowledge, Culture and Power: Towards an Intercultural approach to Literary Studies. In: Joan Anim-Addo; Giovanna Covi and Mina Karavanta, eds. Interculturality and Gender. London: Mango Publishing. ISBN 9781902294407


Anim-Addo, Joan. 2016. A screech in the dark. Short Fiction in Theory & Practice, 6(1), pp. 77-83. ISSN 2043-0701

Anim-Addo, Joan. 2015. Travelling with Imoinda: Art, Authorship, and Critique. Callaloo, 38(3), pp. 570-581. ISSN 0161-2492

Anim-Addo, Joan. 2015. Translational Space and Creolising Aesthetics in Three Women’s Novels: the Radical Diasporic (Re)turn. Synthesis: an Anglophone Journal of Comparative Literary Studies(7), pp. 7-22. ISSN 1791-5155

Conference or Workshop Item

Ahmed, Sara; Anim-Addo, Joan; Bernard, Claudia A.; Mirza, Heidi; Puwar, Nirmal and Thobani, Sunera. 2013. 'Screening and Panel Discussion on the work of Angela Davis, Free Angela and Other Political Prisoners'. In: Centre for Feminist Research Screening and Panel Discussion. Goldsmiths, Universirty of London, United Kingdom.

Anim-Addo, Joan. 2013. 'Translational Space and Creolising Aesthetics in Three Women’s Novels: the Diasporic Turn'. In: Perspectives from 'Other' Cultures Translating Cultures. Goldsmiths, University of London, United Kingdom 20-22 September.


Osborne, Deirdre; Anim-Addo, Joan and Sesay, Kadija. 2022. Vital Discussions: On Demand – Decolonise Your Bookshelf.

Printed Ephemera

Covi, Giovanna; Anim-Addo, Joan; Borghi, Liana; Garcia Gomez, Luz; Goodman, Sara; Grenz, Sabine and Karavanta, Mina. 2006. ReSisters in Conversation: Representation Responsibility Complexity Pedagogy.


Anim-Addo, Joan Lilian. 2001. Breaking the Silence: First-Wave Anglophone African-Caribbean Women Novelists and Dynamics of History, Language and Publication. Doctoral thesis, Goldsmiths, University of London

Research Interests

My recent research activities include: Caribbean Literature and diaspora, women’s writing, Feminist perspectives, Black presence in Europe, Caribbean-Scottish Interconnections, Creolisation, Interculturality and humanism.

Previous research includes African-Caribbean women’s fiction, the Black Presence in Britain (sixteenth century to present day), Networking women, Memory and History and Creolistics.

Current research projects:

  • The Black Body in Europe.
  • Behind the Looking-Glass: 'Other'-cultures-within translating cultures (An AHRC Network)