Music and Memory: Caribbean Influences in Popular Literature

Fri. March 20, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM


100 5th Street NE, Charlottesville, VA 22902


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Authors Sara Collins (The Confessions of Frannie Langton) and Njelle Hamilton (Phonographic Memories) explore the Caribbean sources for their writing, considering history, music, and marginalized voices in fiction. Book sales and signing will follow. FREE to attend and open to the public.

Why should you attend?

[The Confessions of Frannie Langton is] “A startling, compelling historical debut novel. . . should be on top of your vacation reading pile.” —The Washington Post

“Collins’s propulsive spine-tingler uses the conventions of historical fiction but infuses the genre with edgy beauty. . . . In her deft hands, defiant Frannie summons courage and cunning to tell a story of colonialism, racism, and the yearning to connect.” —O: The Oprah Magazine

“Njelle Hamilton’s Phonographic Memories explores how a set of Caribbean novelists has foregrounded music as a locus for memory, nostalgia, and selfhood. Her study attests to the importance of music in the region in both personal and national senses of identity and suggests original ways of interpreting its representation in fiction.” —Peter Manuel author of Caribbean Currents: Caribbean Music from Rumba to Reggae

“Njelle W. Hamilton’s Phonographic Memories is a resonant and remarkable contribution to the fields of Caribbean studies and literary sound studies. Her substantive interdisciplinary work interweaves critical insights from neuropsychology, ethnomusicology, and literary studies with meticulous close-reading and close-listening analyses of musical styles, performance genres, and recording technologies in a multiplicity of Caribbean contexts. In harmony with the practice of liyannaj that Hamilton relates in her analysis, this important and impactful work will appeal to audiophiles and bibliophiles alike.” —Julie Huntington author of Sounding Off: Rhythm, Music, and Identity in West African and Caribbean Francophone Novels

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