Mary Caton Lingold

Assistant Professor
(804) 827-8419
Hibbs Hall 419


BA Trinity University
MA University of Colorado, Boulder
PHD Duke University

Research/Teaching Focus

Colonial and early American, Caribbean, African diasporic, and Afro-Atlantic literature, travel writing, digital humanities, sound studies, literature and cultures of Atlantic slavery, and vernacular music studies.


Ed. with Darren Mueller and Whitney Trettien. Digital Sound Studies: A Provocation. Duke UP, forthcoming 2018.

Recent/Selected Publications

Review essay. “The Black Atlantic Reconsidered: Black Canadian Writing, Cultural History, and the Presence of the Past; Black Atlas: Geography and Flow in Nineteenth-Century African American Literature,” American Literature 89:1 (2017): 185–187.

 With Laurent Dubois and David K. Garner, “Musical Passage: A Voyage to 1688 Jamaica,” SX Archipelago: A Small Axe Journal of Digital Practice 1 (2016):

Digital Scholarship

Founder & Director, Sonic Dictionary,

Co-creator, with Laurent Dubois and David K. Garner, Musical Passage: A Voyage to 1688 Jamaica,

Co-editor, with Darren Mueller and Whitney Trettien, Provoke!: Digital Sound Studies,


Upcoming Deadlines

Department Orientation Sessions
AUGUST 15, 2019

Classes Begin
AUGUST 20, 2019

Add/Drop Deadline
AUGUST 26, 2019

Graduation Application Deadline

Fall Reading Day
OCTOBER 10, 2019

Course Withdrawal Deadline
NOVEMBER 1, 2019

Last Day of Classes
DECEMBER 9, 2019

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British Virginia is a VCU-hosted series of scholarly editions of documents touching on the colony. These texts range from the 16th and 17th-century literature of English exploration to the 19th-century writing of loyalists and other Virginians who continued to identify with Great Britain. Editions appear principally in digital form, freely downloadable. 

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