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 is centred on Scottish and contemporary literature; he has recently completed projects on Scottish Gothic and twenty-first-century animal fiction, while his current research is focused on representations of climate change and the natural world in contemporary women's writing.
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.
The Gender Politics of TreesNonhuman Agencies in the Twenty-First-Century Anglophone Novel. Liebermann, Y., Rahn, J., Burger, B. (eds.). Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 169-186, 18 pagesChapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
‘Not at all afraid’: Queer Temporality and the School Detective StoryCrime Fiction Studies, vol. 2, no. 2, pp. 137-153Contributions to Journals: Articles
"House full of mouses": Genre, Language, and Creaturely EthicsMichel Faber. Langworthy, R., Lindfield-Ott, K., Macpherson, J. (eds.). gylphi, pp. 15-31, 17 pagesChapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
Companion Animals in Contemporary Scottish Women's GothicGothic Animals: Uncanny Otherness and the Animal With-Out. Makala, M. E., Heholt, R. (eds.). Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 291-306, 16 pagesChapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
Fear and Pity, Pity and Fear: Rereading Muriel Spark’s The Driver’s Seat in the Age of #MeTooFRAME, Journal of Literary Studies, vol. 32, no. 2, pp. 49-64Contributions to Journals: Articles
Professor Baker specialises in Scottish and contemporary literature (mainly fiction, but he likes poetry too). 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 (2019). Other research and teaching interests include genre and space in twentieth-century women's fiction, climate change and environmental crisis, and contemporary posthuman, queer, and feminist theories. Recent and forthcoming articles and papers include discussions of queer temporality in school detective fiction, ecocriticism and the body, and community in Scottish fiction, and studies of authors such as Michel Faber, Dorothy K. Haynes, and Muriel Spark. Current PhD supervision includes projects on ecofeminism, literary animal studies, the Scottish literary renaissance, autism in literature, contemporary Gothic, and Kazuo Ishiguro. He welcomes inquiries from potential research students interested in working in related areas; he is especially interested in supervising projects on contemporary and experimental literature (including poetry), ecocriticism and animal studies, and queer studies.
I am currently accepting PhDs in English.
Please get in touch if you would like to discuss your research ideas further.
- English Literature
- Women's Studies
- Scottish Literature
- North American Literature Studies
Professor Baker is currently completing a monograph on ideas of gleaning and fragmentation in contemporary environmental writing and a memoir focused on children's animal stories. He is also working on shorter projects on ecocriticism, community, and utopia.
Completed PhD Supervision:
Pimpawan Chaipanit, ‘A Spatial Analysis of British Women’s Domestic Fiction from Jane Austen to Helen Fielding’ (2019)
Hyginus Eze, 'Social Space in Third-Generation Nigerian Novels’ (2019)
Rebecca Langworthy, 'Genre and Audience: The Development of Adult Fantasy in the Work of George MacDonald' (2018)
Rachel Smillie, 'The Lady Vanishes: Women Writers and the Development of Detective Fiction' (2014)
Brenda Ebersole, 'The Novels of Barbara Kingsolver: A Case Study in Transnational American Literature' (2014)
Current PhD Students:
Marlene Ferreira Simoes
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'To Bring Profoundest Sympathy': Jenkins and CommunityThe Fiction of Robin Jenkins. Bicket, L., Gifford, D. (eds.). Brill, pp. 51-66, 16 pagesChapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
New Frankensteins; or, the Body PoliticScottish Gothic. Davison, C. M., Germana, M. (eds.). Edinburgh University Press, pp. 195-207, 13 pagesChapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
Second Time Round: Fugal Memory in Ciaran Carson’s For All We KnowReview of Irish Studies in Europe , vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 1-17Contributions to Journals: Articles
Writing Scotland's Future: Speculative Fiction and the National ImaginationStudies In Scottish Literature, vol. 42, no. 2, pp. 248-266Contributions to Journals: Articles
The Lonely Island: Exile and Community in Recent Island WritingCommunity in Modern Scottish Literature. Lyall, S. (ed.). Brill, pp. 25-42, 18 pagesChapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
The Short Story in Scotland: From Oral Tale to Dialectal StyleThe Cambridge History of the English Short Story. Head, D. (ed.). Cambridge University Press, pp. 202-218, 17 pagesChapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
A Scots Quair and HistoryThe International Companion to Lewis Grassic Gibbon. Lyall, S. (ed.). ASLS, pp. 47-59, 13 pagesChapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
'An Orderly Rabble': Plural Identities in JizzenKathleen Jamie. Falconer, R. (ed.). Edinburgh University Press, pp. 62-70, 9 pagesChapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
Contemporary Scottish Gothic: Mourning, Authenticity, and TraditionPalgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke. 226 pagesBooks and Reports: Books
Northern Stories: The Arctic in Contemporary Scottish GothicC21 Literature: Journal of 21st-century Writings, vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 21-36Contributions to Journals: Articles