Hetty Saunders

Published: 14 November 2016

‘Science can never be enough’: influences & contexts of environmentalism in the works of J. A. Baker.

University of Edinburgh

‘Science can never be enough’: influences & contexts of environmentalism in the works of J. A. Baker

Academic History:

2010 - 2013 BA Hons (Cantab), English Literature

2014 - 2015 MPhil (Cantab), English Literature Studies

2016 PhD, English Literature


Dr David Farrier (University of Edinburgh)

Tom Mole (University of Edinburgh)

Research Interests:

Literature of the twentieth century (specifically poetry, prose-poetry & writing that crosses disciplinary/generic boundaries), environmentalism, ecology, ecocriticism, New Nature writing, writing of the Anthropocene.

Previous Research Projects:

In the Spring of 2016 I produced a catalogue of the J. A. Baker Archive, held by the University of Essex’s Special Collections.

My MPhil research examined representations of nature in John Clare’s middle-period poetry.

My previous conference papers/presentations are:

  • Who Was J. A. Baker?’, J. A. Baker Archive Launch, University of Essex, 6th July 2016.
  • ‘Hawk-H(a)unting in J. A. Baker’s The Peregrine – Or, what is the point of death?, Unexpected Encounters With Deep Time: Haunting Workshop, Edinburgh Environmental Humanities Network, 21st April 2016.
  • ‘Making out the Nightingale’, Centre for John Clare Studies, 8th December 2015.
  •  ‘How to Read Series: Bob Brown’s Readies & his Reading Machine’, Cambridge Festival of Ideas, 22nd October 2015.
  • ‘“Ambulatory Doodles”: John Clare’s Dashes & Pointing the Way in the Sonnets of The Midsummer Cushion’, Biennial Conference of the Association for the Study of Literature & the Environment (United Kingdom & Ireland) (ASLE-UK-I), 2nd-4th September 2015.
  • ‘John Clare: Reading & Writing Nature’s Page’, Wolfson Humanities Society, 15th May 2015.
  • ‘About Time Too: The Language of the Old & New in Keats’ Customary Poems’, The Cambridge Eighteenth-Century & Romantic Studies Graduate Conference, 18th April 2015.
  • ‘Inscribing the Landscape in John Clare’s Poems of the Middle Period’, Symposium for the Centre for John Clare Studies, 23rd September 2014.


Arts & Humanities Research Council Scholarship


‘A Descriptive Catalogue of the J. A. Baker Archive in the Albert Sloman Library Special Collections at the University of Essex’. http://libwww.essex.ac.uk/Archives/JABAKERARCHIVE.pdf

Contact Details:

Address: 50 George Square, Edinburgh EH8 9JU

Email: hetty.saunders@ed.ac.uk

First published: 14 November 2016