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Pascale Baker

Lecturer/Assistant Professor

School Of Languages, Cultures & Linguis
James Joyce Library Building
Belfield
Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 7168277
Email: pascale.baker@ucd.ie

Biography

After an undergraduate degree in post-colonial literature at the University of Kent at Canterbury and an MA in Latin American Studies at Sheffield, I completed my PhD at the University of Sheffield in 2011 with a thesis on the representation of bandits and banditry in Latin America. My research has since been published with the University of Wales Press (November 2015) as Revolutionaries, Rebels and Robbers: The Golden Age of Banditry in Mexico, Latin America and the Chicano-American Southwest, 1850-1950. The book provides not only a fresh insight into individual bandits and bandit cultures in parts of Latin America, such as Argentina, Brazil, Cuba and Mexico, but also presents the argument that a golden age of banditry took hold on the continent during the late-nineteenth century, in which, in the popular imagination, if often not in reality, bandits were transformed into Robin Hood figures, agents of social and political change against an unjust establishment. This view was expressed in oral culture corridos (Mexico), payadas (Argentina) and literatura de cordel (Brazil) as well as in literature, and the romantic image of the bandit patriot/freedom fighter/Robin Hood still survives today in Latin America in the continued veneration of Mexican revolutionary heroes such as Pancho Villa, and, latterly, narco-bosses such as Pablo Escobar in Colombia and El Chapo Guzmán in Mexico.
 
In addition to the monograph, my research has provided material for articles that have been published in peer-reviewed journals, as book chapters in edited volumes and, more recently, online, on such subjects as: the rise of Colombian women assassins; the Mexican bandit novel; Pancho Villa; and the Mexican Revolution. I am currently preparing articles on the continuation of the bandit hero-aesthetic in Mexico and Colombia and on the cross-cultural bandit Joaquín Murrieta. I have also contributed to literary dictionaries and encyclopedias with profiles of Latin American authors and their work. Most recently I have been asked to submit an article for a volume on the Latin American detective novel which will focus on the presentation of women and power in two narco-novelas. This will feed into my next book-length study on the cultural representation of female outlaws in Latin America from 1915 to the present day.

Before coming to UCD I worked at the University of Sheffield in the Department of Hispanic Studies and in the Lifelong Learning section, teaching extensively on language and cultural and literary modules at all levels. I also worked at the University of Edinburgh, delivering final-year modules on Latin American Literature. Here at UCD I am currently contributing to the provision of Latin American Studies with modules on how Latin America is perceived and represented globally, a module on the 'bandida' figure in contemporary Mexican literature and culture and a module on the development of Latin American literature from the time of the 'new novel' to the post-boom.

 

Professional

Honours and Awards

Year: 2016.
Title: Honorary Fellow in Hispanic Studies, University of Sheffield: 2016-2019
Year: 2016.
Title: Edinburgh Teaching Award Level 1 and Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy

Associations

Association: Latin American Literature Society Association, Function/Role: Member
Association: Society for Latin American Studies, Function/Role: Member
Association: Association of Hispanists of Great Britain and Ireland, Function/Role: Member
     

Conference Contributions

Pascale Baker (2017) Beyond 'Revolutionaries, Rebels and Robbers': New Directions in Bandit Studies. [Invited Lecture], University of Sussex, Centre for American Studies: Research Seminar Series, University of Sussex , 25-APR-17 - 25-APR-17.
Pascale Baker (2010) 'La Pintada: Less Noble Bandida than Brash Bandit Rebel of the Mexican Revolution'. [Invited Oral Presentation], 'The Mexican Revolution of 1910 and its Cultural Legacy', ASU, Arizona State University , 18-NOV-10 - 20-NOV-10.
Pascale Baker (2010) 'Los de abajo: New Readings for Centenary of the Revolution'. [Oral Presentation], 100 Years of the Mexican Revolution: Versions and Visions in Literature, Film, Art and Popular Culture, University of Cardiff, Cardiff, Wales , 02-SEP-10 - 03-SEP-10.
Pascale Baker (2011) 'Multinational Visions of a Bandit named Joaquín: A Comparative Literary Study'. [Non Refereed Paper/Abstract Presented at Conference], Annual meeting of Association of Hispanists of Great Britain and Ireland, UK/Ireland , 11-APR-11 - 13-APR-11.
Pascale Baker (2011) 'Joaquín Murrieta, Gregorio Cortez and the Politics of Chicano Banditry'. [Keynote Address], Hispanic Studies at Liverpool: Annual Postgraduate Conference for Modern Languages, University of Liverpool , 18-MAY-11 - 18-MAY-11.
Pascale Baker (2012) 'Constructing a New Politics of Chicano Banditry: From Conflict to Convergence'. [Invited Oral Presentation], Nineteenth-Century Hispanists Network Annual Conference, Cádiz, Spain , 18-MAY-12 - 19-JUN-12.
Pascale Baker (2013) 'The Magical World of Gabriel García Márquez: A re-appraisal of Cien años de soledad and El Amor en los tiempos de cólera'. [Invited Lecture], The University of the Third Age: invited Lectures Series, Sheffield, UK , 17-OCT-13 - 17-OCT-13.
Pascale Baker (2015) 'Piracy and Pirate Novels in Latin America'. [Oral Presentation], Latin American Literary Studies Association Annual Conference, York St John , 19-NOV-15 - 20-NOV-15.
Pascale Baker (2016) 'On the trail of the bandidas in Latin American history and culture'. [Invited Oral Presentation], Centre for Contemporary Latin American Studies Annual Colloquium 2016, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh , 08-FEB-16 - 08-FEB-16.

Committees

Committee : Chair of Self-Assessment Team for School of Languages application for Athena SWAN Bronze
Committee : Scl of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics:Research Cttee
Committee : Invited Speakers Committee, School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics, UCD
 

Education

Year 2006 Institution: University of Sheffield
Qualification: MA Subject:
Year 2001 Institution: University of Kent at Canterbu
Qualification: BA Subject:
Year 2011 Institution: University of Sheffield
Qualification: PhD Subject:
Year 2016 Institution: University of Edinburgh
Qualification: Other Subject: Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (UK)

Languages

Spanish:
 

Outreach Activities

I have given papers and organised events outside of the University environment. Below are some examples:
 
  • In January 2009 I co-organised a Cuban film festival, that was open to the public, to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the start of the Cuban Revolution. 

  • In 2013 I gave an invited lecture to the University of the Third Age in Sheffield on the Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez. 

  • More recently and here in Dublin I have given a radio interview on RTE's 'The History Show' about Trump and US-Mexican tensions on the border as well as the history of border banditry in the region. To listen go to the webpage: http://www.rte.ie/radio1/the-history-show/podcasts/, scroll down to Sunday 2nd April 2017, 'Mexican Banditry' and click on the links to listen or download.

Journals Edited

Secuencia: Reviewer.

Other Activities

Erasmus Coordinator for Spanish (outgoing students)

Publications

Books

Pascale Baker (2015) Revolutionaries, Rebels and Robbers: The Golden Age of Banditry in Mexico, Latin America and the Chicano-American Southwest, 1850-1950. Cardiff, Wales, UK: The University of Wales Press. Available Online Link to full text [Details]

Book Chapters

Pascale Baker (2013) ''Los de abajo': An early novela de la tierra?' In: Tilmann Altenburg (eds). Imagining the Mexican Revolution: Versions and Visions in Literature and Visual Culture. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge Scholar¿s Publishing. , pp.41-57 Available Online [Details]
 

Peer Reviewed Journals

Pascale Baker (2008) ''An Introduction to the Nineteenth-Century Mexican Bandit Novel''. Vida Hispánica, (38):9-14. Available Online [Details]
Pascale Baker (2012) ''In Search of the Female Bandit in the Novel of the Mexican Revolution: The case of la Pintada''. Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, 89 (7):721-736. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
 

Conference Publications

Pascale Baker (2008) 'Desperately Seeking Pancho Villa: Hero or Villain, Bandit or Revolutionary? Three contrasting literary perspectives on Villa which examine the tension between iconisation and historical reality' . In: Instituto de Investigaciones Históricas, UNAM eds. Memorias digitales del Congreso Internacional Dos Siglos de Revoluciones en México Mexico City, Mexico, , pp.1-16 [Details]
         

Encyclopedia Entry

Pascale Baker (2016) 'El laberinto de la soledad by Octavio Paz'. London UK: Encyclopedia Entry Available Online [Details]
Pascale Baker (2016) 'Gabriel García Márquez: In Memoriam'. United States: Encyclopedia Entry [Details]
Pascale Baker (2017) 'El Señor Presidente by Miguel Ángel Asturias'. London: Encyclopedia Entry Available Online [Details]
           

Website article

Pascale Baker and Catalina Jaramillo (2016) 'Motorbike Murderers and Femmes Fatales: The Rise of the Female Assassin in Colombia'. Edinburgh: Website article Available Online [Details]
                       

Book Reviews

Pascale Baker (2009) Review of Alfonso de Toro y René Ceballos (eds.), Expresiones liminales en la narrativa latinoamericana del siglo XX. Estrategias postmodernas y postcoloniales. Zurich and New York: Georg Olms Verlag, 297 pp. Liverpool: Book Reviews Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Pascale Baker (2012) Review of Victoria Carpenter (ed.) A World Torn Apart. Representations of Violence in Latin American Narrative. Bern: Peter Lang, 305 pp. Glasgow: Book Reviews Available Online [DOI] [Details]
                                                       

Bibliography

Pascale Baker (2010) 'Gabriel García Márquez: Further Reading' in Philip Swanson (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Gabriel García Márquez, Cambridge University Press, pp.196-201. Cambridge: Bibliography Available Online [DOI] [Details]
                         

Research

Research Interests

My book, Revolutionaries, Rebels and Robbers centres on the idea of the development of a 'golden age' of so-called Robin Hood bandits from the mid-nineteenth to early twentieth century in Latin America and especially Mexico. Leading on from that and linking in with my interests in gender studies, I am now focusing on the representation of female bandits, rebels, 'narcas' and guerilleras in Latin American literature, music and visual culture from the early twentieth century to the present day. This research interest is reflected in my teaching and the widespread interest in the topic of the fast-paced drug war in Mexico and beyond. I would welcome expressions of interest from students for supervision relating to aspects of Latin American literature, culture, history and society.

Research Projects

Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : OBRSS Research Support Scheme
Start Date / End Date : 01-NOV-17 / 31-OCT-20
 

Current Postgraduate Students

Milica Djurdjevic-Flatley, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)   -   Thesis Supervisor

Teaching

Teaching Philosophy

As a university teacher I aim to inspire students to go beyond the information delivered in class, to become more confident and thus willing to take responsibility for their own learning. If classes can in some way be student-focused and discussion driven this often results in greater student satisfaction.
     

Developing as a Teacher

I take continuous professional development seriously and to this end undertook the Edinburgh Teaching Award in Spring 2016 which culminated in Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. This involved reflective practice such as blogging on the successes and challenges of small-group seminar teaching. The course enabled me to research a variety of pedagogical approaches and think about how I could apply facets of them to my own teaching. Some of these were thought provoking, such as Paulo Freire's 'Pedagogy of the Oppressed' (1970) and Bell hook's 'Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom' (1994), exploring the power dynamic between student and tutor in the university classroom. The course gave me confidence to try new approaches but also to highlight particular achievements in my teaching practice, such as the interactive giving of feedback, whereby students become actively involved in understanding and interpreting feedback on their work, rather than simply receiving a grade. Here at UCD I have so far been involved in larger group lecturing and I intend to continue my teaching and learning development having enrolled on the 'Certificate of Continuing Professional Development'for Autumn 2017.

Innovation & Leadership

Collaborators

Internal Collaborators

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External Collaborators

  • The Literary Encyclopedia

  • The 'Dangerous Women Project' at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh

  • RTE1: 'The History Show'