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I am currently researching in masculinities and contemporary film towards a monograph with Bloomsbury Academic. In 2014 I will also be writing a book on the history of science fiction in the 1960s, which will extend work already completed on New Wave science fiction and literary experimentation. I am also pursuing new developments in critical/creative practice.

PhD Supervision Interests

20th century American literature,Science fiction, particularly post-World War 2, Masculinity in fiction and film, The city in fiction and film, especially London fictions, Popular and genre fiction.

Career Details

Brian studied for his undergraduate degree in English and American Literature at the University of Warwick, took an MA in American Studies at the University of East Anglia, and completed his PhD at the University of Liverpool, in postwar American dystopian science fiction. He taught literature and film at NEWI in Wrexham and at the University of Chester before moving to Lancaster in September 2006.

He has published, with John H. Cartwright, Literature and Science: Social Impact and Interaction (Santa Barbara and Oxford: ABC-Clio, 2005), which offers a broad overview of the relationship between literature and science from the early modern period to contemporary literature and culture; and Masculinity in Fiction and Film: Representing Men in Popular Genres 1945-2000 (London and New York: Continuum, 2006), which encompasses the genres of science fiction, spy fictions, film noir and detective fictions, and the Western, to investigate constructions of masculinity in the post-war period. A monograph on the contemporary London writer Iain Sinclair was published as part of Manchester University Press's Contemporary British Novelists series in 2007. Brian has also edited a collection of essays on screen adaptations of literature, Textual Revisions, which was published by the Chester Academic Press in 2009.

Brian has supervised research students in the areas of visuality and the subject in the fin-de-siecle Gothic, and fantasy fictions, films and fan-fictions, and currently supervises in the fields of graphic novels and spatiality, the post-war American short story, epic fantasy and bi-technological science fiction. He would welcome applications for research projects on twentieth-century American fiction and film in general, but in particular science fiction, gender (especially masculinity) in film, city fictions (especially London fictions), and the relationship between cinema and literature.

Current Teaching

Brian currently teaches on ENGL204 American Literature before 1900, ENGL208 Literature and Film, and his specilaist unit ENGL365 Science Fiction. He also lectures on the 20th-century American literature, Contemporary Literature, Criticism and Theory and first-year courses.

Current Research

Brian researches and publishes in several fields, including contemporary British fiction, science fiction, London fictions, masculinities, and film studies. Recent and current work includes seminar and conference papers, and published articles and book chapters, on the fiction of J.G. Ballard and Michael Moorcock; masculinity, mobility and spy fiction; teaching masculinities; tape technology and Gothic film; and time travel as pathological symptom.

He has several book projects ongoing. He is writing the Reader's Guide to Essential Critisism of Science Fiction for Palgrave Macmillan; writing Fuzzy Revolutions: Science Fiction in the 1960s with Liverpool University Press (2014); Contemporary Masculinities in Fiction and Film for Bloomsbury Academic (2014).

Web Links

Brian's blog, (SF) 365, can be found here.

2014

Frederik Pohl: a working man's science fiction

Baker, B. 06/2014 In: Foundation. 117

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Science fiction

Baker, B. 11/2014 Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. 192 p. (Reader's Guides to Essential Criticism)

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

2013

Apollo roulette

Baker, B. 2013 In: Essays and Studies.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

The pathologies of mobility: time travel as syndrome in The Time Traveler’s Wife, La Jetée and Twelve Monkeys

Baker, B. 2013 Diseases and disorders: the syndrome in contemporary literature. Lustig, T. & Peacock, J. (eds.). London: Routledge, p. 83-97 15 p. (Routledge Studies in Contemporary Literature)

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter (peer-reviewed)

One plus one plus one: the devil's party

Baker, B. 2013 In: E.R.O.S.2, p. 38 38 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2012

Tape Spectra

Baker, B. 06/2012 In: Irish Journal of Gothic and Horror Studies . 11

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

The assassination report

Baker, B. 2012 In: Foundation. 40, 112, p. 40-74 35 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

On the beach: British nuclear fiction and the spaces of empire's end

Baker, B. 06/2012 Future wars: the anticipations and the fears. Seed, D. (ed.). Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, p. 144-160 17 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter (peer-reviewed)

Do We Need Any More Books About Men?: Teaching Masculinity

Baker, B. 6/01/2012 Teaching Gender. Ferrebe, A. & Tolan, F. (eds.). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 63-82 20 p. (Teaching the New English)

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter (peer-reviewed)

“You’re quite a gourmet, aren’t you, Palmer?”: masculinity and food in the spy fiction of Len Deighton

Baker, B. 1/07/2012 In: Yearbook of English Studies. 42, n/a, p. 30-48 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2010

'Gallivanting around the world': Bond, the gaze and mobility.

Baker, B. 2010 Revisioning 007: James Bond and Casino Royale. Lindner, C. (ed.). London and New York: Wallflower Press, p. 144-158 15 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2009

A Man of Wealth and Taste: The Strange Career of Hannibal Lecter

Baker, B. 2009 The Lure of the Dark Side: Satan and Western Demonology in Popular Culture. Partridge, C. & Christianson, E. (eds.). London: Equinox Publishing, p. 122-135 13 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter (peer-reviewed)

Textual revisions: reading literature and film.

Baker, B. & Baker, B. (ed.) 2009 Chester: Chester Academic Press. 261 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

2008

The geometry of the space age: J.G. Ballard’s short fiction and science fiction of the 1960s

Baker, B. 1/03/2008 J.G. Ballard: contemporary critical perspectives. Baxter, J. (ed.). London: Continuum, p. 11-22 12 p. (Contemporary Critical Perspectives)

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter (peer-reviewed)

Evolution, Literary Theory and Science Fiction

Baker, B. 1/06/2008 In: Essays and Studies. 61, p. 131-150 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Iterative architecture: a Ballardian text.

Brian, B. 2008 In: 21: Journal of Contemporary and Innovative Fiction. 1, 1, p. 8-30 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2007

Sinclair's Poetics: from Lud Heat and Suicide Bridge to Saddling the Rabbit

Baker, B. 2007 City Visions: the work of Iain Sinclair. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars, p. 120-133 14 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter (peer-reviewed)

Gothic Masculinities

Baker, B. 2007 The Routledge companion to Gothic. Spooner, C. & McEvoy, E. (eds.). London: Routledge, p. 164-173 10 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter (peer-reviewed)

Iain Sinclair.

Baker, B. 2007 Manchester University Press.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

2006

Masculinity in Fiction and Film: Representing Men in Popular Genres 1945-2000.

Baker, B. 2006 Continuum.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

2005

Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451

Baker, B. 2005 A companion to science fiction. Seed, D. (ed.). Oxford: Blackwell, p. 489-499 11 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter (peer-reviewed)

Witness to the End of the World: colonialism, the scientific romance and Michael Moorcock's Nomad of the Time Streams trilogy

Baker, B. 2005 In: Foundation. 34, 1, p. 40-48 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Constructing the Normative: Male Subjects and Others in the Dystopias of Frederik Pohl and Cyril Kornbluth

Baker, B. 2005 In: Extrapolation. 46, 4, p. 439-452 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Ray Bradbury: Fahrenheit 451.

Baker, B. 2005 Blackwell's Companion to Science Fiction. Blackwell, 489 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Literature and Science: Social Impact and Interaction.

Baker, B. & Cartwright, J. H. 2005 ABC-CLIO.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

2004

The Nelson Mandala

Baker, B. 08/2004 In: Vector: the Magazine of the British Science Fiction Association. p. 16-19 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2000

The Resurrection of Desire: JG Ballard's Crash as a Transgressive Text

Baker, B. 11/2000 In: Foundation. 29, 80, p. 84-96 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

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