Researcher biography

Dr Naomi Baker is a Senior Lecturer in English Renaissance Literature in the School of Arts, Literatures and Cultures at The University of Manchester.

Dr Baker has expertise in the areas of English Renaissance literature and culture, specifically the intersection of early modern literature and drama with philosophy and theology. She is currently conducting research for a forthcoming monograph, provisionally titled Good Grief: Historical Perspectives on the Regulation of Mourning, part of a larger project on cultural contexts of grief and its regulation from the early modern period to the present day. 

During her visit, Dr Baker will be working on a chapter of her book that discusses the long-standing and problematic association of grief with the imagination, using early modern dramatic depictions of grief in the plays of Shakespeare. She will also be presenting a seminar in the Intellectual and Literary History seminar series on 16 May 2019, titled "The View from Above: Putting Grief in Perspective in King Lear."