Irvin Joseph Hunt III
Specializations / Research Interest(s)
- African American cultural history, cooperative economics, social movement theory, US Leftist radicalism, political theory, performance studies, humor studies
My forthcoming manuscript Before the Utopia: A Cultural History ofthe Black Cooperative Movement, 1890-1977 uncovers how four generations of African American artists—W. E. B. Du Bois, George Schuyler, Ella Baker, Fannie Lou Hamer, and their circles—established local cooperatives as alternatives to global capital. I argue that these artists used cooperatives to experiment with innovative ways of forming a social movement beyond the promise of progress. One question inspired almost unthinkable forms of activism: where do you move to when you're not trying to move to a better tomorrow?
- Ph.D., Columbia University (2014); M.A., University of California, Berkeley (2007); B.A., Morehouse College (2005)
Distinctions / Awards
- Postdoctoral Fellowship in African American Literature, Rutgers University, New Brunswick (2016-17)
- Woodrow Wilson Career Enhancement Fellowship (2017-18)
- 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)
- Art in US Social Movements since 1940 (ENG 553): Graduate Seminar
- "Unco-Opted: Cooperative Economics as Counter Surveillance." African American Literature: In Transition, 1940-50. Cambridge UP, 2019. 30,000 words.
- "‘There Wont Be Inny Show Tonite’: Humoring the Returns of Scopic Violence in Suzan-Lori Parks’s Venus." History and Humor: British and American Perspectives. Ed. Barbara Korte and Doris Lechner. Bielfeld, Germany: Transcript Press, 2013. 171-92.
- "Capital, Credit, and American Literary History." American Literary History (2019): 4,000 words.
- "The Ethics of Reading Poverty: Charles Wright, Empathy, and the US Welfare." Contemporary Literature (revise and resubmit) (2019): 11,000 words.
- "The Hesitations of Speculative History." Post 45 (2019): 1500 words. <http://post45.research.yale.edu/2019/01/the-style-of-speculative-history/>.
- "The Humor We Fear Most." Post 45 (2019): 1500 words. <http://post45.research.yale.edu/2019/02/the-humor-we-fear-most-a-response-to-sarah-wasserman/>.
Special Issues of a Journal
- Hunt, Irvin, Kinohi Nishikawa, Joseph Entin, and Clare Callahan. How Literature Understands Poverty. Spec. iss. of American Literature (2020):
- "Not an Invitation, But a Warning (Roundtable on Get Out with Glenda Carpio & Namwali Serpell)." Public Books. 23 May 2017.
- "Everybody’s Protest Play?." Public Books. 1 Jun. 2014.
- "Saints on the Dollar." Public Books. 1 Jul. 2014.
- "“Ava Duvernay”." Public Books. 1 Jan. 2016.
- "Water and Blood." Rev. of Progress Compromised: Social Movements and the Individual in African American Postmodern FictionAmerican Literary History (2019):
- "The Demos of Democracy ." Rev. of The Ethics of Swagger & The Time Is Always Now | American Literature | (2015): 622-24.