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Carter Mathes
Associate Director of Undergraduate Program and Associate Professor of English

Murray Hall | Room 049
College Avenue Campus

Phone: (849) 932-7947

Office Hours: On Leave Fall 2016

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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.
Education Areas of Specialization
PhD, University of California, Berkeley
BA, University of Virginia
African American Literature; Twentieth Century Literature;
African Diaspora Studies
Undergraduate Courses Taught Graduate 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 Distinctions
  • 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
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