Bernard Bate (1960-2016)

11 March 2016 (Fri),

The literature faculty and students mourn the passing of our cherished teacher, colleague, and friend Barney Bate. Professor Bate was an anthropologist of South India, an expert on the political oratory, social worlds, and linguistic practices of the Tamil people. As such he was a fellow traveler in our study of languages, aesthetics, and poetics. Along with our former colleague Rebecca Gould, he taught the first literature course at Yale-NUS in the second semester of 2014, “An Anthropology of Literary Culture,” that inspired a new generation of humanists and social scientists in our fledgling community. We bid farewell to this true lover of humans and their myriad ways of representation.