Dr Timothy Baker

Dr Timothy Baker

Senior Lecturer

I am currently accepting PhDs in English.

Dr Timothy Baker
Dr Timothy Baker

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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 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.

Latest Publications

  • ‘Not at all afraid’: Queer Temporality and the School Detective Story

    Baker, T.

  • "House full of mouses": Genre, Language, and Creaturely Ethics

    Baker, T. C.

  • Companion Animals in Contemporary Scottish Women's Gothic

    Baker, T. C.

  • Fear and Pity, Pity and Fear: Rereading Muriel Spark’s The Driver’s Seat in the Age of #MeToo

    Baker, T. C.

  • Perpetual Vanishing: Animal Lives in Contemporary Scottish Fiction

    Baker, T. C.

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External Memberships and Affiliations

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.                                         


Research Areas

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  • English Literature
  • Environmentalism
  • North American Literature Studies
  • Scottish Literature
  • Women's Studies

Our research specialisms are based on the Higher Education Classification of Subjects (HECoS) which is HESA open data, published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International

Research Overview

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 (2019). Other research and teaching interests include genre and space in twentieth-century women's fiction, climate change and the Anthropocene, and contemporary posthuman, queer, and feminist theories. Recent and forthcoming articles and papers include discussions of authors such as Elspeth Barker, Shirley Jackson, Dorothy K. Haynes, 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 modern Scottish literature.

Current Research

Dr Baker's current research interests include projects on emotion in children's animal stories, representations of climate change and the natural environment in contemporary women's writing, and twentieth-century school stories.


My current supervision areas are: English.

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:

Christina Connors

Ines Kirschner

Marlene Ferreira Simoes

Graham Stephen





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  • Individual Doubt in George MacDonald's English Novels

    Baker, T.

    Journal of Irish and Scottish Studies, vol. 7, no. 1, pp. 105-129

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Collecting Islands: Compton Mackenzie and The Four Winds of Love

    Baker, T. C.

    Scottish Literary Review, vol. 2, no. 2, pp. 85-106

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Scottish Utopian Fiction and the Invocation of God

    Baker, T. C.

    Journal of Utopian Studies, vol. 21, no. 1, pp. 91-117

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • 'Something Secret and Still': Silence in the Poetry of Eamon Grennan

    Baker, T.

    Mosaic: A Journal for the Comparative Study of Literature, vol. 42, no. 4, pp. 45-62

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • The Art of Losing: The Place of Death in Writer's Memoirs

    Baker, T.

    Life Writing. Bradford, R. (ed.). Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 219-233, 15 pages

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters

  • The (Neuro)-Aesthetics of Caricature: Representations of Reality in Bret Easton Ellis's Lunar Park

    Baker, T. C.

    Poetics Today, vol. 30, no. 3, pp. 471-515

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • George Mackay Brown and the Philosophy of Community

    Baker, T. C.

    Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh, United Kingdom. 192 pages

    Books and Reports: Books

  • Ian Macpherson's Writing of the Disaster

    Baker, T. C.

    International Review of Scottish Studies, vol. 33, pp. 61-86

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • The Whole is the Untrue: Experience and Community in The Sluts

    Baker, T. C.

    Dennis Cooper. Hegarty, P., Kennedy, D. (eds.). Sussex Academic Press, pp. 52-67, 16 pages

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters

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