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)

Anglophone and Francophone Caribbean Literature; African Diaspora Literature; Caribbean Popular Music; Trauma and Narration

101A Minor Hall

My scholarship and teaching are focused on the cross-pollination of oral and print cultures in contemporary Caribbean literatures. I am particularly interested in the impact of popular music and trauma on postcolonial narration. My current book project, Phonographic Memories: Popular Music Aesthetics in the Contemporary Caribbean Novel, investigates the relationship between popular music and memory, particularly the ways that Caribbean popular music forms like the calypso, reggae, mambo, and gwoka allow traumatized characters to record, retrieve, and replay cultural memory and to restructure fractured identities. I have published articles on calypso, trauma, and Indo-Trinidadian feminism. 

Select courses offered

  • Musical Fictions
  • Currents in African Literature
  • Routes, Writing, Reggae
  • Caribbean Poetics
  • Narrating African Diaspora Trauma
  • Marcus, Marley, and McKay