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Osborne, Deirdre

Deirdre Osborne

Elected: 2022

Australian-born Deirdre Osborne is Reader in English Literature and Drama at Goldsmiths and co-founder of the MA Black British Literature. Her career has focused upon challenging conventional narratives in research spanning late-Victorian literature to contemporary culture in Britain and Australia through examining the unequal after-effects of the British Empire and its contemporary legacies. Her non-fiction includes editing the Cambridge Companion to British Black and Asian Literature (1945-2010), co-authoring This is the Canon: Decolonise Your Bookshelf in Fifty Bookswith Joan Anim-Addo and Kadija Sesay and editing five critical editions of plays. She is Associate Editor, Women’s Writing. 

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