African American Literature; Sound Studies; Hemispheric Studies; Literature and Spirituality; 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. Currently, he is working on a second book, Ecologies of Funk, that examines formations of black radical thought in literature and music as they move between Jamaica and New Orleans during the second half of the twentieth-century. He has published essays in venues including Small Axe, Contemporary Literature, Callaloo, and African American Review. He is associate editor of Resonance: The Journal of Sound and Culture, and book series co-editor of Critical Caribbean Studies (Rutgers University Press).
Associate Director, Rutgers Advanced Institute for Critical Caribbean Studies
Murray Hall, Room 048, College Ave Campus
- Sound Studies in Theory and Practice
- Black Novel
- Priniciples of Literary Study
- Caribbean literature 1930s-present
- Black Music and Literature
- Literature of the Black World
- The Black Arts Movement
- Twentieth Century Literature in a Global Context
- Black Futures
- Theorizing Sound in the 20th Century Novel
- Surrealism in the Black Literary Imagination
- 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
- "Of Green Tonalities and Radical Transcendence: How the Disunity and Futurity of Resonant Bodies Meet in the Park," Resonance: The Journal of Sound and Culture (Vol. 2, Number 4, Winter 2021): 650–654.
- "The Second Sight of Henry Dumas: Envisioning Black (Im)possibility in the U.S. South," Oxford American, issue 114, Fall 2021.
- "Sounding Emancipated Futures," Resonance: The Journal of Sound and Culture (Vol. 2, Number 3, Fall 2021): 453–457.
- "Discrepant Fidelity: Aurality in Michael Cheers’s Photographic Engagements with Black Life." Resonance: The Journal of Sound and Culture (Vol. 2, Number 2, Summer 2021): 307–313.
- "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.
PhD, University of California, Berkeley
BA, University of Virginia