Imagine the Sound

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016 6:00pm

Imagine the Sound: Experimental African American Literature after Civil Rights

Carter Mathes
Associate Professor of English, Rutgers University

Location: Room 758 Schermerhorn Extension- Columbia university

Speaker Bio

Carter Mathes is a specialist in African American Literature, Twentieth Century Literature, and African Diaspora Studies. His first book, Imagine the Sound: Experimental African American Literature After Civil Rights (University of Minnesota Press, 2015) focuses on the relationship between sound and literary innovation during the 1960s and 1970s. He has also co-edited (with Mae G. Henderson) a volume on Black Arts Movement writer and critic Larry Neal, “Don’t Say Goodbye to the Porkpie Hat”: The Larry Neal Critical Reader (University of Illinois Press, 2017). Currently, he is directing the Rutgers Advanced Institute for Critical Caribbean Studies, and is beginning a study of black radical thought in literature and music as it moves between Jamaica and the United States during the second half of the twentieth-century. His next project will focus on issues of race, literary form, and political critique in post-1945 American literature. He has published essays in Small Axe, Contemporary Literature, Callaloo, and African American Review.


Areas of Specialization
PhD, University of California, Berkeley
BA, University of Virginia African American Literature; Twentieth Century Literature; African Diaspora Studies

"The mind is a strange and terrible vehicle": Fractured Time and Multidimensional Sound in No Name in the Street" African American Review 46.4 (Winter 2013): 587-604.
"Love Won't Come Easy" Callaloo 36.3 (Summer 2013) 595-599.
"The Sounds of Anti-Anti-Essentialism: Listening to Black Consciousness in the Classroom" Sounding Out, April 2013.
"The Cultural Politics of Caribbean Sound" SX salon: a small axe literary platform, August 2011.
"Circuits of Political Prophecy: Martin Luther King Jr., Peter Tosh, and the Black Radical Imaginary" Small Axe, Number 32 (Volume 14, Number 2), June 2010 17-41.
"Scratching the Threshold: Textual Sound and Political Form in Toni Cade Bambara's The Salt Eaters" Contemporary Literature 50.2 (Summer 2009) 363-396.