Scott Branson, Five College visiting assistant professor of English and comparative literature, received his B.A. in English and American literature and his M.A. in Humanities and Social Thought from New York University, and his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Emory University.
His research and teaching interests include late 19th- and 20th-century fiction in English and French, aesthetic philosophy, queer and gender theory, psychoanalysis, and literary theory.
Scott’s current book project, “Fictions of Life and Death,” combines analyses of literary and sexual experimentation to illuminate the fascination with death in the novel form from Aestheticism to Modernism. An article drawn from this project, “Gide, Wilde, and the Death of the Novel” is forthcoming in Modern Language Notes. Other projects include an investigation of masculine anxiety in first person narrators of modern and contemporary American fiction as well as a book-length study of Lytton Strachey and his connections to psychoanalysis. In addition to his scholarly work, Scott writes music criticism and fiction.
Recent and Upcoming Courses
HACU-0258: Literature and Psychoanalysis: Reading the Case History (Spring 2014)
HACU-0149: Self-made Men: Masculinity and the American Novel (Spring 2014)
HACU-127T: Scenes, Subcultures, Movements (Fall 2013)
HACU-0236: What is Literature? Introduction to Theory (Fall 2013)