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First Name
Mary Caton
Last Name
Virginia Commonwealth University
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Sound, Music, Slavery, Colonialism, Caribbean, Atlantic World, African diaspora, Literature of Slavery, Digital Scholarship
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About Me

Mary Caton Lingold specializes in writing about Africa, the Caribbean, and North America during the era of slavery. Her work bridges the fields of sound studies, African diaspora studies, literature, and digital humanities. She is an Assistant Professor of English at Virginia Commonwealth University, having received a PhD in English and a graduate certificate in African & African American Studies from Duke University. She also holds an MA from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a BA from Trinity University. Mary Caton is currently writing a book on the literary history of Afro-Atlantic music (1630-1830).

Recent Publications

“Peculiar Animations: Listening to Afro-Atlantic Music in Caribbean Travel Narratives,” Early American Literature 52.3 (2017).

Musical Passage: Voyage to 1688 Jamaica, in collaboration with Laurent Dubois and David K. Garner.

“Fiddling with Freedom: Solomon Northup’s Musical Trade,” SoundingOut! Blog.

Digital Sound Studies, co-edited with Darren Mueller and Whitney Trettien, forthcoming from Duke UP (2018).

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Colonial North America, British Caribbean, United States
Expertise by Geography
Atlantic, Caribbean, North America
Expertise by Chronology
17th century, 18th century, 19th century
Expertise by Topic
Colonialism, Slavery