Charles Hankin (DCE1)

Graduate Student
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Focusing on the non-Anglophone Atlantic, my research explores transnational, intermedial resonances between sound, writing and performance, that is, connections between and across ostensibly separate media (e.g., music and text). I am particularly interested in the way writers influenced by the African diaspora return to and revise poetic traditions in counterpoint with music. My dissertation, “Break and Flow: Hip-Hop Poetics in Brazil, Cuba, and Haiti,” examines the way artists in these countries use hip-hop as a resource for envisioning a common poetic project around colonial legacies of place, writing, and time. Grounded in critical theory and formal analysis, my methodology draws also on two years total of ethnographic fieldwork.

Prior to arriving at Princeton in 2016, I served as a Fulbright ETA, teaching rural distance education in Ceará, Brazil through Brazil’s Open University while also conducting fieldwork. I hold a MMus degree in Violin Performance from the University of Oregon School of Music and Dance and have performed, recorded, and taught as a violinist. With Cuban producer Malcoms “Justicia,” I co-produced and recorded violin tracks for the collaborative Cuban rap album Sentimientos Desafinados (2017), which was nominated for a CubaDisco award for best hip-hop album. My violin recordings are also featured on Haitian rapper D-Fi’s albums Kwonik on GuetoYout (2018) and R.O.D Rhod over D-Fi (2019).

Research Interests: Caribbean studies, intermediality; sound studies; music and poetics; African diaspora

University Courses Taught:
American Studies 101, “Introduction to American Studies: America Then and Now” Princeton; Fall 2020

Spanish 207, “Studies in Spanish Language and Style” Princeton; Fall 2018

Portuguese 304/Latin American Studies 311, “Brazilian Cultural and Social History – Sound and Sense” Princeton Collaborative Teaching Initiative; Fall 2017

Latin American Studies 399/599, “Latin American Cultural Studies – Hip-Hop Against History” Institute of Social Work and Social Science, Port-au-Prince; Summer 2017

Spanish 101, “Beginner’s Spanish 1” Princeton; Fall 2016

English and American Studies, Fulbright ETA/Open University of Brazil Federal University of Ceará, Brazil; 2015