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Dr Charlotte Baker

Dr Charlotte Baker

Lecturer

Bowland North
Lancaster University
Bailrigg
Lancaster
United Kingdom
LA1 4YN


Tel: +44 1524 592661
Location: B65, Bowland North

Affiliations

Centre for Transcultural Writing and Research
African Studies Group
Multilingual French Identities

Charlotte Baker is interested in contemporary French literature, and postcolonial African literature written in French and English. She is currently working on a monograph examining the critical engagement of post-independence West African writers with dictatorship and collaborating on a research project on multilingualism in the Francophone world with Delphine Grass.

Charlotte's research interests also include the representation of marginalised and stigmatised groups in sub-Saharan Africa, theories and representations of disability, as well as comparative and interdisciplinary approaches to the body and identity. She is particularly interested in the realities and representations of black African people with albinism and has published widely in this area.

PhD Supervision Interests

I welcome doctoral proposals which engage with aspects of the following : Twentieth century French literature; Francophone African fictional writing; postcolonial theory; the body and identity; representations of marginalised and stigmatised groups in Africa; representations of disability; representations of madness and monstrosity. Proposals may take a comparative or interdisciplinary approach, or may focus on the literature of particular countries.

Current Teaching

FREN100/101: French Culture and Society

DELC211: Understanding Culture

FREN233: Shaping Contemporary France: Culture, Politics and the Legacy of History

FREN301: Final Year Advanced French Language

DELC345: Francophone Voices: Literature and Film from sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean and Canada

FASS604: The Analysis of Culture (Postgraduate)

Research Interests

I am interested in contemporary French literature, and postcolonial Francophone and Anglophone African literature. I am currently working on a monograph examining the critical engagement of post-independence West African writers with dictatorship and collaborating on a research project on multilingualism in the Francophone world.

My research interests also include the representation of marginalised and stigmatised groups in sub-Saharan Africa, theories and representations of disability, as well as comparative and interdisciplinary approaches to the body and identity. I am particularly interested in the realities and representations of black African people with albinism and I have published widely in this area.

Profile

Research Grants

May 12th 2014-31st July 2015: Knowledge Exchange Fellowship, Lancaster University. Awarded £7600.

15 May 2013: Wellcome Trust Medical History and Humanities Grant. Awarded £3,500 for a workshop, 'Interdisciplinary Approaches to Albinism'.

9 November 2012: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Research Grant, Lancaster University. Awarded £900 for research trip to Paris

8 October 2012: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Travel Grant, Lancaster University. Awarded £830 for participation in the 20th and 21st Century French and Francophone Studies International Colloquium. Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

1 January 2012: Friends Programme. Awarded £2,500 for bursaries for Capturing Witches: Histories, Stories, Images conference

1 May 2011: Society for French Studies (with Greg Kerr). Awarded £250 conference support for Minorités en vue colloquium

20 April 2011: Yves Hervouet Fund for Anglo-French Relations (with Greg Kerr). Awarded £850 conference support for Minorités en vue colloquium, Lancaster University, 6 May 2011.

18 January 2010: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Travel Grant, Lancaster University. Awarded £517 for participation in the ‘Métissages: Cultural Exchanges' conference, Cape Town, South Africa

22 January 2009: Lancaster University Small Grants Scheme. Awarded £4,120 for a pilot study ‘Albinism in Apartheid South Africa'

15 January 2009: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Travel Grant, Lancaster University. Awarded £650 for participation in the African Literature Association Conference, Vermont, USA

 

Membership of Associations

Society for Francophone Postcolonial Studies (Executive Committee member)

African Literature Association

African Studies Association UK

Royal African Society

Society for French Studies

 

Career Details

I joined the Department of European Languages and Cultures at Lancaster University in 2007 having completed my doctoral studies at Nottingham University, worked as a lectrice at the Universite Lyon III and taught French language and culture at the University of Birmingham and the University of Nottingham.

Selected Publications

Enduring Negativity: Representations of Albinism in the Fictional work of Didier Destremau, Patrick Grainville and Williams Sassine

Baker, C. 02/2011 Oxford: Peter Lang. 226 p. (Modern French Identities; vol. 96)

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

Sassine 'Saint Monsieur Baly'.

Baker, C. 06/2010 Glasgow: Glasgow French and German Publications

Research output: Working paperOther

Expressions of the body: representations in African text and image.

Baker, C. 09/2009 Oxford: Peter Lang. 372 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

2015

2014

Christian Flaugh, Operation Freak: Narrative, Identity, and the Spectrum of Bodily Abilities (Montreal: McGill Queen’s UP, 2012)

Baker, C. 28/10/2014 In: University of Toronto Quarterly. 83, 2, p. 462-464 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Williams Sassine

Baker, C. 31/08/2014 In: The Literary Encyclopedia.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2013

Alix Mazuet (ed.) Imaginary Spaces of Power in Sub-Saharan Literatures and Films (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012)

Baker, C. 2013 In: Modern and Contemporary France. 21, 3, p. 403-404 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Philip Amangoua Atcha, La Creation Romanesque chez Williams Sassine (Paris: Harmattan, 2011)

Baker, C. 10/2013 In: International Journal of Francophone Studies. 16, 1-2

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Sandra J.T.M. Evers, Catrien Notermans and Erik van Ommering', Not Just a Victim: The Child as Catalyst and Witness of Contemporary Africa

Baker, C. 11/2013 In: African Studies Quarterly. 14, 1-2, p. 126-128

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Introduction: tracing the visible and the invisible through African literature, publishing, film, and performance art

Norridge, Z., Baker, C. & Boehmer, E. 2013 In: Research in African Literatures. 44, 2, p. v-xi 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

2012

Shameem Black, Fiction across Borders: imagining the lives of others in late twentieth-century novels (New York: Columbia University Press, 2010)

Baker, C. 2012 In: Journal of Postcolonial Writing. 48, 1, p. 104-105 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Natalie Edwards, Shifting Subjects: Plural Subjectivity in Contemporary Francophone Women’s Autobiography (Newark: Delaware UP, 2011)

Baker, C. 2012 In: Bulletin of Francophone Postcolonial Studies. 3, 2, p. 21 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Chromatic Ambivalence: Colouring the Albino

Baker, C. 2012 Cultures of Colour: Visual, Material, Textual. Horrocks, C. (ed.). Oxford: Berghahn Books, p. 143-153 11 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Parasites and the Postcolonial in Williams Sassine's Saint Monsieur Baly

Baker, C. 2012 Parasites, Worms and the Human Body in Religion and Culture. Gardenour, B. & Tadd, M. (eds.). New York: Peter Lang, p. 123-134 12 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Métissages: Williams Sassine's Saint Monsieur Baly, Wirriyamu, and Mémoire d'une peau

Baker, C. 2012 In: Postcolonial Text. 7, 2, 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Réhabiliter l'humanité de 'ceux qui voient la nuit'": Albinism in Didier Destremau's Nègre blanc

Baker, C. 2012 In: L'Esprit Createur. 52, 2, p. 89-98 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2011

E. Bekers, Rising Anthills: African and African American Writing on Female Genital Excision (Madison: The University of Wisconsin Press, 2010)

Baker, C. 2011 In: Research in African Literatures. 42, 1, p. 190-191 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Aedín Ní Loingsigh, Postcolonial Eyes: Intercontinental Travel in Francophone African Literature (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2009)

Baker, C. 04/2011 In: French Studies. 65, 2, p. 284-285 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Enduring Negativity: Representations of Albinism in the Fictional work of Didier Destremau, Patrick Grainville and Williams Sassine

Baker, C. 02/2011 Oxford: Peter Lang. 226 p. (Modern French Identities; vol. 96)

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

2010

Sara Upstone, Spatial Politics in the Postcolonial Novel (London: Ashgate, 2009)

Baker, C. 09/2010 In: Journal of Postcolonial Writing. 46, 3-4, p. 414-415 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Sassine 'Saint Monsieur Baly'.

Baker, C. 06/2010 Glasgow: Glasgow French and German Publications

Research output: Working paperOther

"Être albinos": The Trope of Albinism in Williams Sassine’s Wirriyamu and Mémoire d’une peau.

Baker, C. 06/2010 In: International Journal of Francophone Studies. 13, 1, p. 9-22 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

For a minute, their sense of the ways of the world was ruptured. Just by looking: The Black African Albino in the Novels of Didier Destremau, Patrick Grainville and Williams Sassine.

Baker, C. 01/2010 Guilt and Shame: Essays in French Literature, Thought and Visual Culture. Chamarette, J. & Higgins, J. (eds.). 79 ed. Oxford: Peter Lang, p. 201-214 14 p. (Modern French identities)

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2009

Hannah Westley, The Body as Medium and Metaphor (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2008)

Baker, C. 10/2009 In: French Studies. 63, 4, p. 507-508 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

My Sole Reality, My Only Refuge, My Unique Prison: The Body of the Black African Albino in Williams Sassine’s Mémoire d’une peau.

Baker, C. 11/2009 Crossing Cultural Boundaries: Taboo, Bodies and Identities. Hernandez, L. & Krajewski, S. (eds.). Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars, p. 117-130 14 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

A visible difference: images of black african people with albinism.

Baker, C. 09/2009 Expressions of the Body: Representations in African Text and Image. Baker, C. (ed.). Oxford: Peter Lang, p. 279-296 18 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Expressions of the body: representations in African text and image.

Baker, C. 09/2009 Oxford: Peter Lang. 372 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

'Francophone African and Maghreb Literature 2007/8'.

Baker, C. 2009 The Year's Work in Modern Language Studies. Maney Publishing for the MHRA, Vol. 70

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2008

Nicki Hitchcott, Calixthe Beyala: Performances of Migration (Liverpool University Press, 2007)

Baker, C. 10/2008 In: Modern Language Review. 103, 4, p. 1136 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Writing over the illness: the symbolic representation of albinism.

Baker, C. 2008 Social Studies of Health, Illness and Disease: Perspectives from the Social Sciences and Humanities. Twohig, P. & Kalitzkus, V. (eds.). Amsterdam: Rodopi, p. 115-128 14 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Postcolonial slavery: an overview of colonialism's legacy.

Baker, C., Baker, C. (ed.) & Jahn, J. (ed.) 2008 Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. 182 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

2007

Alice Cherki, Fanon: A Portrait (Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press, 2006)

Baker, C. 2007 In: International Journal of Francophone Studies. 10, 3

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Enduring negativity: literary and anthropological perspectives on the black African albino.

Baker, C. & Djatou, M. 2007 Crossing Places: New Research in African Studies. Baker, C. & Norridge, Z. (eds.). Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, p. 63-75 13 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

A constantly shifting identity: the problematic nature of the albino body.

Baker, C. 05/2007 Bodies of Thought. Janes, D. (ed.). Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, p. 71-83 13 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Crossing places: new research in African studies.

Baker, C., Baker, C. (ed.) & Norridge, Z. (ed.) 2007 Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. 144 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

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