Dr Brian Baker

Senior Lecturer in English and Creative Writing

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 seond monograph on masculinities, Contemporary Masculinities in fiction, film and television, was published by Bloomsbury Academic in 2015.

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, and written the Reader's Guide to Essential Criticsm: Science Fiction (Palgrave, 2014).

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, Post-war American literature and culture, 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.

The cinema within: spectacle, labour and utopia in Michael Bay’s The Island
Baker, B. 14/06/2015 In: Senses of Cinema. 75
Journal article

Contemporary masculinities in film, fiction and television
Baker, B. 26/03/2015 Bloomsbury Academic. 272 p.
Monograph

“Here on the outside”: mobility, nation and catastrophe in Michael Winterbottom's Code 46
Baker, B. 03/2015 In: Science Fiction Studies. 42, 1, p. 115-131. 17 p.
Journal article

The occult in film
Baker, B. 01/2015 In: The occult world. Abingdon : Routledge p. 446-458. 13 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

The occult in science fiction and fantasy
Baker, B. 01/2015 In: The occult world. Abingdon : Routledge p. 478-491. 14 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Science fiction
Baker, B. 11/2014 Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan. 192 p. ISBN: 9780230228139, 9780230228146.
Book

Frederik Pohl: a working man's science fiction
Baker, B. 06/2014 In: Foundation. 117
Journal article

Apollo roulette
Baker, B. 2013 In: Essays and Studies.
Journal article

One plus one plus one: the devil's party
Baker, B. 2013 In: E.R.O.S.. 2, p. 38. 38 p.
Journal article

The pathologies of mobility: time travel as syndrome in The Time Traveler’s Wife, La Jetée and Twelve Monkeys
Baker, B. 2013 In: Diseases and disorders. London : Routledge p. 83-97. 15 p.
Chapter (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.
Journal article

On the beach: British nuclear fiction and the spaces of empire's end
Baker, B. 06/2012 In: Future wars. Liverpool : Liverpool University Press p. 144-160. 17 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

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

Do We Need Any More Books About Men?: Teaching Masculinity
Baker, B. 6/01/2012 In: Teaching Gender. Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan p. 63-82. 20 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

The assassination report
Baker, B. 2012 In: Foundation. 40, 112, p. 40-74. 35 p.
Journal article

'Gallivanting around the world' : Bond, the gaze and mobility.
Baker, B. 2010 In: Revisioning 007: James Bond and Casino Royale. London and New York : Wallflower Press p. 144-158. 15 p. ISBN: 9781906660192.
Chapter

A Man of Wealth and Taste: The Strange Career of Hannibal Lecter
Baker, B. 2009 In: The Lure of the Dark Side. London : Equinox Publishing p. 122-135. 13 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Textual revisions : reading literature and film.
Baker, B., Baker, B. 2009 Chester : Chester Academic Press. 261 p. ISBN: 9781905929757.
Book

Evolution, Literary Theory and Science Fiction
Baker, B. 1/06/2008 In: Essays and Studies. 61, p. 131-150. 20 p.
Journal article

The geometry of the space age: J.G. Ballard’s short fiction and science fiction of the 1960s
Baker, B. 1/03/2008 In: J.G. Ballard. London : Continuum p. 11-22. 12 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Iterative architecture : a Ballardian text.
Brian, B. 2008 In: 21: Journal of Contemporary and Innovative Fiction. 1, 1, p. 8-30. 23 p.
Journal article

Gothic Masculinities
Baker, B. 2007 In: The Routledge companion to Gothic. London : Routledge p. 164-173. 10 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Iain Sinclair.
Baker, B. 2007 Manchester University Press. ISBN: 0719069041.
Book

Sinclair's Poetics: from Lud Heat and Suicide Bridge to Saddling the Rabbit
Baker, B. 2007 In: City Visions. Cambridge : Cambridge Scholars p. 120-133. 14 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Masculinity in Fiction and Film: Representing Men in Popular Genres 1945-2000.
Baker, B. 2006 Continuum. ISBN: 978-0-8264-8652-3.
Book

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.
Journal article

Literature and Science: Social Impact and Interaction.
Baker, B., Cartwright, J.H. 2005 ABC-CLIO. ISBN: 1-85109-458-X.
Book

Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451
Baker, B. 2005 In: A companion to science fiction. Oxford : Blackwell p. 489-499. 11 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Ray Bradbury: Fahrenheit 451.
Baker, B. 2005 In: Blackwell's Companion to Science Fiction. Blackwell 489 p. ISBN: 1405112182.
Chapter

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.
Journal article

The Nelson Mandala
Baker, B. 08/2004 In: Vector. p. 16-19. 4 p.
Journal article

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.
Journal article