Njelle Hamilton

DUP & Associate Professor (AAS/English)

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

101A Minor Hall

Njelle W. Hamilton specializes in 20th and 21st century Caribbean literary and cultural studies, especially the impact of orality, music, and trauma on the Caribbean postcolonial 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. Her current project, tentatively titled Caribbean Chronotropes: The Politics, Physics, and Poetics of Time in Contemporary Fiction, reads recent time-bending novels through the lens of physics, phenomenology, and Caribbean theory. She serves on the editorial board of Caribbean in Transit: An Arts Journal, and her essays on sound studies and trauma theory have appeared in Anthurium, Journal of West Indian Literature, Critical Perspectives on Indo-Caribbean Women’s Literature, and SX Salon. 


Spring 2021 Virtual Office Hours:

Wed 1 - 3 pm  

Make appointments by email njhamilton@virginia.edu



• 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