Academic Profile

Bede Scott is an Associate Professor of World Literature in the Division of English at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He has been teaching in Singapore since 2006, when he completed his PhD at the University of Cambridge. He is the author of On Lightness in World Literature (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), and his most recent articles have appeared in Novel: A Forum on Fiction, Modern Fiction Studies, and Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction. Scott's latest book, Affective Disorders: Emotion in Colonial and Postcolonial Literature (Liverpool University Press, 2019), is situated at the intersection of postcolonial studies, affect studies, and narratology. Through close readings of Naguib Mahfouz, Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis, and Upamanyu Chatterjee, among others, it explores the process by which certain sociopolitical forces give rise to dominant 'structures of feeling' within colonial and postcolonial societies. It also discusses in some detail the formal consequences of these feelings – the way in which affective states such as anger or jealousy can often destabilize narratives, provoking crises of representation, generic ambivalence, and discursive rupture.
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Assoc Prof Bede Tregear Scott
Associate Professor, School of Humanities

South Asian Literature
African Literature
Latin American Literature
Colonial and Postcolonial Urban Studies
Colonial Literature and Narratives of Empire
World Crime Fiction
Affect Studies
  • Bede Scott. (2020). 'Affective Entropy: Cultural Difference and the Decline of Wonder on Ivu'ivu'. Novel: A Forum on Fiction, 53(1), 96-114.

  • Bede Scott. (2019). Affective Disorders: Emotion in Colonial and Postcolonial Literature. Liverpool University Press.

  • Bede Scott. (2019). 'The Mysteries of Mumbai: Terrorism and Banality in Sacred Games'. Modern Fiction Studies, 65(2), 285-307.

  • Bede Scott. (2018). 'Roberto Bolaño's 2666: Serial Murder and Narrative Necrosis'. Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction, 59(3), 307-18.

  • Bede Scott. (2016). '"Our Supreme Objective": Nehru, A Suitable Boy, and the Moderation of Feeling'. Cambridge Journal of Postcolonial Literary Inquiry, 3(2), 167-83.