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Eleanor Baker

Non-Stipendiary Lecturer in English (Medieval Literature)

I am the tutor for the second-year undergraduate English course, 'Literature in English, 1350-1550' at St Peter's College. I am in the final stages of completing my DPhil, which I began at St John's College (University of Oxford) after an MPhil in Medieval Literature at Sidney Sussex College (University of Cambridge), and an undergraduate degree in English at Royal Holloway (University of London). 

My own research looks at how material texts, such as books, documents, and inscribed objects, are referred to and metaphorized in English late medieval devotional literature. I am interested in finding new ways to engage the wider university and the public in Oxford's medieval history, and have organised the Oxford Medieval Church Crawl, the Oxford Medieval Studies Pilgrimage Day, and the Oxford Mystery Cycle Performance.

Teaching

I am the tutor for the second-year undergraduate paper FHS Paper II ('Literature in English, 1350-1550'), which looks at a range of Middle English literature, from secular lyrics to mystical texts, and travel literature to drama. 

Research

My DPhil thesis, 'References to the Material Text in Late Medieval English Devotional Literature', examines how material texts are described and metaphorized. I look at a range of texts, including book-craft recipes, sermons, poems, and The Book of Margery Kempe. 

Publications

'Metaphors of Textual Materiality in Late Medieval Middle English Sermons', Studies in Philology (forthcoming, 2021)