Dr Emily Baker

Dr Emily Baker

Lecturer in Comparative Literature and Latin American Studies


Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Joined UCL
1st Sep 2019

Research summary

I am a research specialist in the areas of Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies, with a particular focus on Latin America. I am interested in the way cultural producers re-cast historical events in fiction to shed light on their concerns in the present. My monograph Nazism, the Second World War and the Holocaust in Contemporary Latin American Fiction was published with Cambridge University Press (June 2022). I am now undertaking a project about contemporary Eco-Fictions and thinking, in parallel, about representations of the Cold War in contemporary Latin American literature. 

Other interests include the politics, ethics, and aesthetics of revolution; critical theory; eco-criticsm, queer theory; life writing and fictional autobiography; dictatorship; the politics of memory; and the philosophy of community. 

Teaching summary

I teach courses in Comparative Literature and Modern Latin American Literature and Visual Culture

The modules I currently convene include:

LITC0031: Political Histories in Modern Latin American Culture (UG Comparative Literature module, year 1)

SPAN0086: Representations of Nazism in Contemporary Latin American Fiction (UG Spanish module, year 2)

SPAN0084: Landscape and the Environment in Latin American Culture (UG Spanish module, final year)

LITC0029: Life Writing, Autofiction, Fictional Autobiography: Texts and Theories (UG Comparative Literature module, final year)

LITC0038 Queerstories and Queeory (UG Comparative Literature module, final year)

CMII0129: Neoliberalism, Necrocapitalism and the Aethetics of Precarity (MA Comparative Literature module with Lucy Bollington)

CMII0139: Questions of Identity and Post-Identity in the Americas (MA Comparative Literature module with Lucy Bollington)

CMII0138: Politics, Conflict, Revolution: From Third Cinema to the Poor Image (MA Film Studies module with Lucy Bollington)

CMII0152: Ecology, Environment and Contemporary Culture (MA Film Studies/Comparative Literature module with Debbie Martin)

During the Covid-19 2020 Lockdown, with the help of colleagues, I ran a Summer Book Club for SELCS Undergraduates: https://blogs.ucl.ac.uk/selcs-summer-book-club/

I will be on Sabbatical in Autumn Term of 2022.


Before coming to UCL I held posts as Lecturer and Director of Studies in Modern and Medieval Languages at Robinson College, University of Cambridge and Lecturer in Latin American Cultural Studies at Birkbeck College, University of London.

PhD (University of Cambridge); MPhil (University of Cambridge); 

BA(Hons) (University of Warwick); Academic Minor (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile)