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About Njelle W. Hamilton

My scholarship is focused on the cross-pollination of oral and print cultures in contemporary Caribbean literatures. My forthcoming book project, Phonographic Memories: Popular Music Aesthetics in the Caribbean Exile 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 diasporic Caribbean peoples to record, retrieve, and replay personal and cultural memories, and to restructure fractured identities.


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

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