Dr Naomi Baker

Senior Lecturer in English Literature

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Research interests

Specific research interests:

English Renaissance literature and drama; literature and theology; literature and philosophy. 

I have published widely on radical religious writing from the seventeenth century, including a critical edition of two Puritan conversion narratives, Scripture Women: Rose Thurgood, 'A Lecture of Repentance' and Cicely Johnson, 'Fanatical Reveries' (Nottingham: Trent Editions, 2005). Written in the 1630s, these texts are among the earliest known English conversion narratives. The fact that both of the authors were female, and that one of them was poor to the point of starvation (the other was of the 'middling sort'), makes the texts even more remarkable.

My first book, Plain Ugly: The Unattractive Body in Early Modern Culture (Manchester and New York: Manchester University Press, 2010), discusses representations of physical unattractiveness in early modern England as a means of analysing the changing relationship between the body and the self in this era. 

I am currently writing a book on Shakespeare and the theology and philosophy of Augustine. 


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