William Scott’s research and teaching focus on African American Literature; poetics; linguistics (generative syntax, formal semantics); and opera. He received his MA in German and his PhD in comparative literature from Johns Hopkins University.
Research and Publications
His first book, Troublemakers: Power, Representation, and the Fiction of the Mass Worker, was published by Rutgers University Press in 2012. He is currently working on a study of various modes of articulation—including the innovative forms of linguistic experimentation that attend these—among the aesthetic projects of a range of contemporary African American poets, entitled “Becoming, for a song”: Language and Difference in the Poetry of Harryette Mullen, Nathaniel Mackey, and Erica Hunt.