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About Njelle W. Hamilton

Njelle W. Hamilton is Assistant Professor in the English and African-American and African Studies departments at the University of Virginia. Her teaching and scholarship engage with Caribbean narratology, especially the impact of orality, music, and trauma on the postcolonial novel form. Her first monograph, Phonographic Memories: Popular Music and the Contemporary Caribbean Novel (Rutgers 2019), investigates how Caribbean exiles turn to national popular musics when personal and cultural memory have been impacted by time, travel, or trauma. Her current book project, tentatively titled Caribbean Chronotropes: The Politics, Physics, and Poetics of Time in Contemporary Fiction, reads pairs of contemporary speculative novels through the lens of phenomenology, physics, and Caribbean theory. Her essays on Caribbean musical fictions and Caribbean temporality have appeared in Anthurium, Journal of West Indian Literature, and Critical Perspectives on Indo-Caribbean Women’s Literature. In addition to her scholarly work, she is also a singer, songwriter, and novelist; she is currently finishing up a novel, Everything Irie, about two young women in rural Jamaica who are struggling with issues of gender, ethnicity, and selfhood.


Present Assistant Professor, African & Caribbean Literature, University of Virginia

Research Interests

Caribbean Literature, Caribbean Music, trauma studies, memory studies, Afrofuturism, Narrative theory, and Time and Narration

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Professional Service and Affiliations

Present Member, Caribbean Studies Association
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  • Being Human: Race, Technology, and the Arts
  • Caribbean Poetics
  • Musical Fictions
  • Routes, Writing, Reggae


2006 - 2012 PhD, Brandeis University ‐ English
1995 - 1998 B.A, University of the West Indies, Mona Campus ‐ English

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Caribbean Literature (5)

Recent Works (1)