Carter Mathes
Associate Professor of English and Associate Director of Undergraduate Program
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African-American & Diaspora, Twentieth Century & Contemporary

African American Literature; Twentieth Century Literature;
African Diaspora Studies

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.

Office / Office Hours

Murray Hall, Room 049, College Ave Campus

Courses Taught

  • Black Literature and Sound
  • Black Music and Literature
  • Literature of the Black World
  • The Black Arts Movement
  • Twentieth Century Literature in a Global Context
  • Post-1960’s African American Literary Experimentation
  • Sound in African American Literary and Cultural Practice
  • Caribbean Aesthetics

Awards and Affiliations

  • NEH Scholar-in-Residence, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 2008-2009
  • Rutgers SAS Global Opportunity Award, 2008-2009
  • Center for Cultural Analysis Faculty Fellow, "Cultures of Circulation," 2006


PhD, University of California, Berkeley
BA, University of Virginia

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