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Dr. Jen Baker



Dr Jen Baker is Teaching Fellow in C19th Literature and teaches on the English and Comparative Literary Studies program.


Office: H521

Office Hours: 
For UGs and Personal Tutees - Monday 2-3pm, Thursday 10-11am (please note a change to Thursday's for term 2). Sign-up sheet
For MA/DISSERTATION students ONLY - Mon 5-6pm in weeks 1,3,4,5 sign-up sheet but for week 2 same as for my UGs/PTs


Research interests include the gothic 1800 – the present, monstrosity and childhood, the cult of child death, and movable and mechanical literary books. My wider interests include medical humanities, the writing, visualisation and wider cultures of death in the C19th, and the relationship between image and text. I am in the process of producing my first monograph on haunting images of child death 1830—1930.

I am Co-Chief Editor of the journal HARTS & Minds for postgraduates and Early Career Researchers of the humanities and arts, and an Early Career Research Officer for the British Association of Victorian Studies.


During 2018-19:

  • MA module EN930 Nineteenth-Century Gothic (convener)
  • EN245 The English C19th Novel (convener)
  • EN227 Romantic and Victorian Poetry (tutor)
  • EN122 Modes of Reading (tutor).
  • In 2017-18 I convened the honours modules EN334 Crime Fiction, Nation, and Empire, 1850-1947, and EN245 The English C19th Novel. At previous institutions I have taught undergraduate modules on Critical Theory, Contemporary Writing (1945 to the present) and Literature 1830-1945, ‘Ways of Reading’, ‘The Short Story’, ‘American Literature’ and ‘Between Men and Women: Gender in Literature’.


· ‘Betwixt-and Between: Reclaiming Childhood in Hook’ in Children in the Films of Steven Spielberg, ed. Adrian Schober and Debbie Olson (Lanham: Lexington Books, 2016), pp.161-182.
· ‘Spectral Stowaways in Elizabeth Stuart Phelps’ “Kentucky’s Ghost” (1868)’, Gothic Studies, Nautical Gothic Special Issue, ed. Emily Alder and Antonio Alcalá González (2017)
· ‘Anxieties of (Un)Timely Child Death in Jude the Obscure’, Thomas Hardy Society Journal (Autumn, 2017)
· ‘Paedophilic Productions and Gothic Performances: Contending with Monstrous Identity’ in Disgust and Desire: Humanity’s Paradoxical Relationship with Monsters, ed. by Kristen Wright (Leiden: Brill Publishing, 2017), pp.197-225.
· An Invitation to a Beheading (and another to a Birthday Bash): Encountering Dracula in Contemporary Gothic Metamorphoses Books’ in Growing Up with the Vampire, eds. Simon Bacon and Katarzyna Bronk (Universitas, 2017-18)