Dr Jen Baker is Teaching Fellow in C19th Literature and teaches on the English and Comparative Literary Studies program.
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.
Undergraduate teaching: I currently convene the honours modules Crime Fiction, Nation, and Empire, 1850-1947, and 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’.
· ‘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)