The Carter G. Woodson Institute, U.Va.

The Carter G. Woodson Institute

for African-American and African Studies at the University of Virginia

Njelle Hamilton

Assistant Professor (AAS/English)

Caribbean and African Literatures, Caribbean Popular Music, Afrofuturism, Trauma and Memory, Narrative Theory

101A Minor Hall

My scholarship and teaching engage with narrative innovations in contemporary Caribbean literatures. I am particularly interested in the impact of popular music, orality, and trauma on the postcolonial novel. My forthcoming book, Phonographic Memories: Popular Music and the Contemporary Caribbean Novel (Rutgers 2019), investigates the relationship between popular music and memory, while my current book project, Caribbean Chronotropes, aims to posit a quantum theory of Caribbean time as evidenced in contemporary speculative literatures from the region. I have published articles on calypso, dub, trauma, relativity, and Indo-Trinidadian feminism. 



• Musical Fictions

• Currents in African Literature

• Routes, Writing, Reggae

• Narrating the Caribbean

• Being Human: Race, Technology, and the Arts.

• Marcus, Marley, and McKay: From Jamaica to the World