Njelle Hamilton

Associate Professor (AAS/English)

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

101A Minor Hall

Njelle W. Hamilton is Associate Professor of English and Africana Studies and convener of UVa’s Greater Caribbean Studies Network. She specializes in twentieth and twenty-first century Caribbean literary and cultural studies, with particular focus on narrative innovations in the contemporary Caribbean novel. Her first monograph, Phonographic Memories: Popular Music and the Contemporary Caribbean Novel (Rutgers, 2019), investigates how Caribbean subjects turn to nation music when personal and cultural memory have been impacted by time, travel, or trauma. She’s at work on two projects: a novel; and a monograph tentatively titled The Physics of Caribbean Time, which reads recent time-bending novels through the lens of physics, phenomenology, and Caribbean theory. Her essays on sound studies, trauma theory and the physics of time have appeared in Anthurium, Journal of West Indian Literature, Critical Perspectives on Indo-Caribbean Women’s Literature, and sx salon. She serves on the editorial board of Caribbean in Transit: An Arts Journal and is the book review editor for Anthurium: A Caribbean Studies Journal.


Fall 2022 Office Hours:

Tu Th 11:30am - 1:30 pm

101A Minor Hall or via Zoom by request.


Kindly make an appointment for office hours ahead of time at: njhamilton.youcanbook.me




• 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