Senior Lecturer


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Timothy C. Baker received an AB in Cognitive Science from Vassar College in 1999 and a PhD in English Literature from the University of Edinburgh in 2007. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities from 2007-08, and joined the University of Aberdeen in 2009. His research and teaching includes is centred on Scottish and contemporary literatures, but includes smatterings of nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature, and dollops of texts earlier still. At the moment he is most excited about combining queer, posthuman, and feminist theories in order to talk about animals in contemporary Scottish, Irish, and other literatures.


Research Interests

Dr Baker specialises in Scottish and contemporary literature (mainly fiction). He is the author of George Mackay Brown and the Philosophy of Community (2009), Contemporary Scottish Gothic: Mourning, Authenticity, and Tradition (2014), and Writing Animals: Language, Suffering, and Animality in Twenty-First-Century Fiction (forthcoming). Other research and teaching interests include genre and space in twentieth-century women's fiction, climate change and the Anthropocene, and contemporary theory. Recent and forthcoming articles and papers include discussions of authors such as Elspeth Barker, Sarah Hall, Rachel Cusk, Michel Faber, Dodie Smith, Sara Baume, and Ian Stephen. Current and recent PhD supervision includes projects on George MacDonald, Barbara Kingsolver, Nan Shepherd, feminist science fiction, third-generation Nigerian fiction, American suburban Gothic, and contemporary nature writing. He welcomes inquiries from potential research students interested in working in any of these areas, or connected areas; he is especially interested in supervising projects on contemporary and experimental literature (including poetry), mid-twentieth-century British fiction, and Scottish literature from 1760 to the present.


Teaching Responsibilities


EL1513 Controversial Classics (lectures)

EL1536 Rethinking Reading (lectures)

EL2512 The Tragedy of Knowledge (convenor)

EL30KN Haunted Texts: Twentieth-Century Scottish Literature (convenor)

EL35KM Perversion of the Interior: Women’s Fiction 1925-1975 (convenor)

EL40KD Imagined Spaces: Self and Place in Twentieth-Century Scottish Fiction (convenor)

EL4502 English Dissertation (convenor)

EL45KP All Too Human: Human, Animal, and Posthuman Relations (convenor)

EL5089 Novel Ideas: Reading Prose Fiction (seminars)

EL5092 Approaching Literature (seminars)

EL5095 Creative Writing III: Non-Fiction Prose (seminars)

EL50C1 Locations and Dislocations: The Role of Place in Literature (seminars)

EL55C2 Writing the Self (seminars)

Further Info

External Responsibilities

Scottish Universities International Summer School, Board Member  

British Association for Contemporary Literary Studies, Elected Ordinary Member    

External examiner: University of Glasgow, University of Lincoln, University of the Highlands and Islands.                                         

Admin Responsibilities

Current Administrative Roles:

Chair, Cross-College Task Force on Feedback and Assessment  

School Director of Teaching and Learning                                              

Faculty adviser, Elphinstone Review




Selected Publications


Contemporary Scottish Gothic: Mourning, Authenticity, and Tradition. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.

George Mackay Brown and the Philosophy of Community. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2009.

Writing Animals: Language, Suffering, and Animality in Twenty-First-Century Fiction. (forthcoming)


Articles and Book Chapters:

'Perpetual Vanishing: Animal Lives in Contemporary Scottish Fiction.' (forthcoming)

'Companion Animals in Contemporary Scottish Women's Gothic.' (forthcoming)

'Mapping Escape: Geography and Genre.' Scottish Women's Fiction. Ed. Fiona McCulloch and Carole Jones. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. (forthcoming)

'Autobiografiction.' The Routledge Companion to Twenty-First-Century Fiction. Ed. Robert Eaglestone and Daniel O'Gorman. London: Routledge. (forthcoming)

'"House full of mouses": Genre, Language, and Creaturely Ethics.' Michel Faber: Critical Essays. Ed. Jim Macperson and Rebecca Langworthy. Canterbury: Gylphi. (forthcoming)

'"Oh, my dog owns me": Companionship and Becoming in Dodie Smith and Diana Wynne Jones.' The Lion and the Univorn 41 (2017): 344-360.

‘The Ghost Story in Scotland.’ The Routledge Handbook of the Ghost Story. Ed. Luke Thurston and Scott Brewster. London: Routledge, 2017: 188-196.

 ‘“To Bring Profoundest Sympathy”: Jenkins and Community.’ Some Kind of Grace: The Fiction of Robin Jenkins. Ed. Douglas Gifford and Linden Bicket. Leiden: Brill, 2017: 51-66.

‘New Frankensteins, or the Body Politic.’ Scottish Gothic: An Edinburgh Companion.Ed. Carol Margaret Davison and Monica Germanà. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2017: 195-207.

‘Harmonic Monads: Reading Contemporary Scottish Fiction through the Enlightenment.’ Scottish Literary Review 9.1 (2017): 248-266.

‘Writing Scotland’s Future: Narratives of Possibility.’ Studies in Scottish Literature 42.2 (2016): 95-113.

‘Second Time Round: Fugal Memory in Ciaran Carson’s For All We Know.’ Review of Irish Studies in Europe 1.1 (2016): 1-17. 

‘The Short Story in Scotland: From Oral Tale to Dialectal Style.’ The Cambridge History of the English Short Story. Ed. Dominic Head. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016: 202-218.

‘The Lonely Island: Exile and Community in Recent Island Writing.’ Community in Modern Scottish Literature. Ed. Scott Lyall. Leiden: Brill, 2016: 25-42.

A Scots Quair and History.’ The International Companion to Lewis Grassic Gibbon. Ed. Scott Lyall. Glasgow: Scottish Literature International, 2015: 47-59.

'"An Orderly Rabble”: Plural Identities in Jizzen.' Kathleen Jamie: Essays and Poems on Her Writing. Ed. Rachel Falconer. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2014: 62-70.

'The Romantic and the Real: James Leslie Mitchell and the Search for a Middle Way'. Journal of Modern Literature 36.4 (2013): 44-61.

'Catherine Sinclair, Domestic Community, and the Catholic Imagination'. Studies in the Novel 45.2 (2013): 143-160.

'Northern Stories: The Arctic in Contemporary Scottish Gothic'. C21 Literature: Journal of 21st-century Writings 2.1 (2013): 21-36.

‘Individual Doubt in George MacDonald’s English Novels.’ Journal of Irish and Scottish Studies 7.1 (2013): 105-129.

'Collecting Islands: Compton Mackenzie and The Four Winds of Love'. Scottish Literary Review 2.2 (2010): 85-106.

'Scottish Utopian Fiction and the Invocation of God'. Utopian Studies 21.1 (2010): 91-117.

'"Something Secret and Still": Silence in the Poetry of Eamon Grennan'. Mosaic 42.4 (2009): 45-62.

'The Art of Losing: The Place of Death in Writers' Memoirs'. Life Writing. Ed. Richard Bradford. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009: 219-233.

'The (Neuro)-Aesthetics of Caricature: Representations of Reality in Bret Easton Ellis's Lunar Park'. Poetics Today 30.3 (2009): 471-515.

'Ian Macpherson's Writing of the Disaster'. International Review of Scottish Studies 33 (2008): 61-86.

'The Whole is the Untrue: Experience and Community in The Sluts'. Dennis Cooper: Writing at the Edge. Ed. Paul Hegarty and Danny Kennedy. Brighton and Portland: Sussex Academic Press, 2008: 52-67.

'George Mackay Brown's Greenvoe as Impossible Community'. Scottish Studies Review 8.1 (2007): 53-66.

'Praying to an Absent God: The Poetic Revealing of Simone Weil'. Culture, Theory and Critique 47.2 (2006): 133-147.



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