Samuel Baker teaches in the English Department at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the author of Written on the Water: British Romanticism and the Maritime Empire of Culture (2010), and of essays on works by William Wordsworth, Walter Scott, and Ann Radcliffe, among other authors. While his main interests lately have been media studies and gothic antiquarianism, he continues to publish on aquatic themes. Most recently, he has a chapter on Matthew Arnold’s “The Forsaken Merman” in The Aesthetics of the Undersea, edited by Killian Quigley and Margaret Cohen, and a review just out in Victorian Studies of Steve Mentz and Martha Elena Rojas’s edited collection The Sea and Nineteenth-Century Anglophone Culture.