Professor Timothy Baker

Professor Timothy Baker

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I am currently accepting PhDs in English.

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Professor Timothy Baker
Professor Timothy Baker

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Biography

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

Research Areas

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Specialisms

  • 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

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.


Current Research

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.


Supervision

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

Sarinah O'Donoghue

Chomploen Pimphakorn

Marlene Ferreira Simoes

Graham Stephen

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

    Baker, T. C.

    Michel Faber. Langworthy, R., Lindfield-Ott, K., Macpherson, J. (eds.). gylphi, pp. 15-31, 17 pages

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters

  • Companion Animals in Contemporary Scottish Women's Gothic

    Baker, T. C.

    Gothic Animals: Uncanny Otherness and the Animal With-Out. Makala, M. E., Heholt, R. (eds.). Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 291-306, 16 pages

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters

  • Writing Animals: Language, Suffering, and Animality in Twenty-First-Century Fiction

    Baker, T. C.

    Palgrave Macmillan. 242 pages

    Books and Reports: Books

  • Autobiografiction

    Baker, T. C.

    The Routledge Companion to Twenty-First Century Literary Fiction. O'Gorman, D., Eaglestone, R. (eds.). 1 edition. Routledge, pp. 48-56, 9 pages

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters

  • The Ghost Story in Scotland

    Baker, T. C.

    The Routledge Handbook to the Ghost Story. Brewster, S., Thurston, L. (eds.). Routledge, pp. 188-196, 9 pages

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters

  • 'To Bring Profoundest Sympathy': Jenkins and Community

    Baker, T. C.

    The Fiction of Robin Jenkins. Bicket, L., Gifford, D. (eds.). Brill, pp. 51-66, 16 pages

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters

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