Joan Anim-Addo’s libretto was first published in 2003 as a bi-lingual edition (English and Italian) titled Imoinda: Or She Who Will Lose Her Name – A Play for Twelve Voices in Three Acts/Imoinda, colei Che Perder Il Nome – Opera dodici voci in tre atti (translated by Giovanna Covi & Chiara Pedrotti). A single language edition was published in 2008 by Mango Publishing and all further references will use the shortened title of Imoinda.
Imoinda is a play for twelve voices in three acts and is a re-writing of Aphra Behn’s (the first English female playwright) novella Oroonoko (1688). In Behn’s novella Imoinda is silenced and Anim-Addo’s rewriting places Imoinda at the centre of her libretto giving voice to the silenced black female. Act one consists of eight scenes portraying
Citation: Edwin, Marl'ene. "Imoinda". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 17 December 2021 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=38888, accessed 09 December 2023.]