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Scott Branson

Five College Visiting Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature
Scott Branson

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.

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+ Self Made Men: Masculinity and the American Novel
+ Dying Young Romantic to Modern
+ The Aesthetics of Waste
+ 19th Century European Fiction
+ Stop Making Sense: The Experimental Novel in the 20th Century
+ Literature and Psychoanalysis: Reading the Case History