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Dr Brian Baker


Brian Baker

County College

Lancaster University


Lancaster LA1 4YD

United Kingdom

Tel: +44 1524 592225


Research overview

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

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.

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