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.
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- "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.
- 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
- 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