Martin Munro, 2020–21 | National Humanities Center

Martin Munro (NHC Fellow, 2020–21)

Project Title

Listening to the Caribbean: Sounds of Slavery, Resistance, and Freedom 

Florida State University

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Fellowship Work Summary, 2020–21

Martin Munro worked extensively on the book manuscript, “Listening to the Caribbean,” which split into two related projects. The first, Listening to the Caribbean: Sounds of Slavery, Revolt, and Race, was submitted to the Liverpool Studies in International Slavery series at Liverpool University Press (LUP). The second volume, The Music of the Future: Sound and Vision in the Caribbean, is also at an advanced stage with plans to submit for publication in 2022. In fall 2020, Munro also completed and submitted a coedited volume to LUP, titled Jean-Claude Charles, A Reader’s Guide. This work on a key Haitian author will be published in 2022. Munro did some translation work, notably in completing the translation of the novel, Scrabble (Gallimard, 2019), by the Franco-Mauritian author, Michaël Ferrier. This work will be published in 2022 as part of a new translation series from LUP, Future Archipelagoes: New Writing in French, which Munro has been working on with Professor Charles Forsdick of University of Liverpool. Another novel Munro translated earlier in 2020, François, portrait d’un absent by Michaël Ferrier (Gallimard, 2018), will be published in early 2023 by Fum de Stampa Press. Munro also worked on a translation of Édouard Glissant, Une nouvelle région du monde (Gallimard, 2006) for the LUP Glissant Project, which will be published in 2022.

In fall 2020, Munro also finished Global Revolutionary Aesthetics and Politics after May ’68 (Lexington Books), a coedited volume with William Cloonan, Barry Faulk, and Christian Weber that was published at the end of the year. Munro also completed three forthcoming book chapters: “Listening to 19th-century Haitian Poetry” in Yasser Elhariry and Edwige Tamalet Talbayev (eds.), Sounds Senses (Liverpool University Press, 2021); “Twentieth-century Haitian Authors in Exile” in Kaiama L. Glover and Marlene Daut (eds.), A Cambridge History of Haitian Literature (Cambridge University Press, 2022); and “Is the Sea History? The Marine life of Recent Haitian Fiction” in Yasser Elhariry and Edwige Tamalet Talbayev (eds.) Water Logics. He wrote and published two book reviews, and is working on a coedited volume, From Katrina to Michael: Disaster in the 21st-Century Circum-Caribbean, to be submitted to Bergahn Books in fall 2021.