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Irvin Joseph Hunt

20132020
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Research Interests

20th century and contemporary African American cultural history, humor studies, cooperative economics, US social movements, Marxist political theory, performance studies, and affect theory. 

My forthcoming manuscript, Before the Utopia: A Cultural History of the Black Cooperative Movement, 1890-1977 will be the first book length study of the grassroots role American artists played in establishing cooperatives, businesses owned by their patrons, who democratically distribute the collective surplus. With material from over 27 archives across the US, the book uncovers how four generations of African American artists, in particular—W. E. B. Du Bois, George Schuyler, Ella Baker, Fannie Lou Hamer, and their circles—established local cooperatives as alternatives to global capital. Providing four new concepts that identify innovations to social movement development--sustained incipience, necromance, planned failure, and pluriprsence--I argue that these luminaries experimented with ways of forming a social movement beyond the promise of progress. Where do you move to, they asked, when not to a better tomorrow? In the end I show how one of the most remarkable mass movements in American history profoundly speaks to the challenges of our time. 

Education

  • Ph.D., Columbia University (2014)
  • M.A., University of California, Berkeley (2007)
  • B.A., Morehouse College (2005)

Teaching

  • Mourning in Comic Time (ENG 553)
  • Black Literature in America from the Beginnings to Today (ENG 150 / AFRO 105)
  • The End of Poverty in the African American Novel (ENG 461)
  • Writing about Literature: Love and Sound in the Age of Consumption (ENG 300)
  • American Literature after 1945 (ENG 452)
  • Afro-American Literature I & II (ENG 259 & 260)
  • The American Novel since 1914 (ENG 251)

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Social Movements Arts & Humanities
Cultural History Arts & Humanities
African Americans Arts & Humanities
Artist Arts & Humanities
Performance Study Arts & Humanities
Political Theory Arts & Humanities
W. E. B. Du Bois Arts & Humanities
Manuscripts Arts & Humanities

Research Output 2013 2020

  • 6 Book/Film/Article review
  • 2 Chapter
  • 1 Special issue

How Literature Understands Poverty

Hunt, I. J. (ed.), Nishikawa, K. (ed.), Callahan, C. (ed.) & Entin, J. (ed.), 2020, In : American Literature.

Research output: Contribution to journalSpecial issue

Unco-Opted: Cooperative Economies as Counter Surveillance

Hunt, I. J., 2020, African American Literature: In Transition, 1940-50. Cambridge UP

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Not an Invitation, but a Warning

Hunt, I. J., May 23 2017, In : Public Books.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

On Ava Duvernay

Hunt, I. J., 2016, In : Public Books.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Activities 2015 2019

  • 6 Oral presentation
  • 1 Visiting an external academic institution

African American Literature and the US Welfare State

Irvin Joseph Hunt (Speaker)
2015

Activity: Talk typesOral presentation

Reconstructing the 20th Century Black Archive

Irvin Joseph Hunt (Speaker)
2019

Activity: Talk typesOral presentation

Rutgers University

Irvin Joseph Hunt (Visiting researcher)
20162017

Activity: Visit other typesVisiting an external academic institution

Economies of Care

Irvin Joseph Hunt (Panelist)
2017

Activity: Talk typesOral presentation

A Humanized Economy: W.E.B. Du Bois and Cooperative Economics

Irvin Joseph Hunt (Speaker)
2016

Activity: Talk typesOral presentation

Honors & Recognition