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Department of English Studies

Current and Recent Research Students

Mr David Baker

Biography

I am a second year PhD student, supervised by Dr Neil Cartlidge, researching the interaction between 'logic' and literature in the fourteenth century. So far I have focused, in the literary side of things, on Chaucer (in relation to Ralph Strode, Wyclif and Robert Holcot) and scholastic influences on various, especially religious, lyrics; and regarding logic, on the sophismata of the Oxford calculators and, notably, Jean Buridan. Previously I read for my BA and MPhil at Peterhouse, Cambridge, before teaching English in a secondary school for four years. One of my undergraduate dissertations was published in The Cambridge Quarterly in 2003: The Gödel in Gawain: Paradoxes of Self-Reference and the Problematics of Language in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, The Cambridge Quarterly, 32(2003),349-366.