Dr Timothy Baker

Dr Timothy Baker

Senior Lecturer

Dr Timothy Baker
Dr Timothy Baker

Contact Details

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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.


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 (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, 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.

Current Research

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


Teaching Responsibilities


EL1513 Controversial Classics (lectures)

EL1536 Rethinking Reading (lectures)

EL2512 The Tragedy of Knowledge (convenor)

EL30KM Perversion of the Interior: Women’s Fiction 1925-1975 (convenor)

EL35KN Haunted Texts: Twentieth-Century Scottish Literature (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 (convenor)

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                                                

Faculty adviser, Elphinstone Review

Academic Line Manager






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  • Baker, TC 2020, Companion Animals in Contemporary Scottish Women's Gothic. in ME Makala & R Heholt (eds), Gothic Animals: Uncanny Otherness and the Animal With-Out. Palgrave Macmillan , pp. 291-306. [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-34540-2_18
  • Baker, TC 2019, 'Fear and Pity, Pity and Fear: Rereading Muriel Spark’s The Driver’s Seat in the Age of #MeToo', FRAME, Journal of Literary Studies, vol. 32, no. 2, pp. 49-64.
  • Baker, TC 2019, 'Perpetual Vanishing: Animal Lives in Contemporary Scottish Fiction', Humanities, vol. 8, no. 1, 12. [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.3390/h8010012
  • Baker, TC 2019, Writing Animals: Language, Suffering, and Animality in Twenty-First-Century Fiction. Palgrave Studies in Animals and Literature (PSAAL), Palgrave Macmillan . [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-03880-9
  • Baker, TC 2018, Autobiografiction. in D O'Gorman & R Eaglestone (eds), The Routledge Companion to Twenty-First Century Literary Fiction. 1 edn, Routledge, pp. 48-56. [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315880235
  • Baker, TC 2017, 'To Bring Profoundest Sympathy': Jenkins and Community. in L Bicket & D Gifford (eds), The Fiction of Robin Jenkins: Some Kind of Grace. SCROLL: Scottish Cultural Review of Language and Literature, vol. 26, Brill, Leiden, pp. 51-66. [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1163/9789004342491_005
  • Baker, TC 2017, New Frankensteins; or, the Body Politic. in CM Davison & M Germana (eds), Scottish Gothic: An Edinburgh Companion. Edinburgh University Press, pp. 195-207.
  • Baker, TC 2017, The Ghost Story in Scotland. in S Brewster & L Thurston (eds), The Routledge Handbook to the Ghost Story. Routledge, pp. 188-196.
  • Baker, TC 2017, '“Oh, my dog owns me”: Interspecies Companionship in Dodie Smith and Diana Wynne Jones', The Lion and the Unicorn, vol. 41, no. 3, pp. 344-360. [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1353/uni.2017.0031
  • Baker, TC 2016, 'Second Time Round: Fugal Memory in Ciaran Carson’s For All We Know', Review of Irish Studies in Europe , vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 1-17.
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