Valerie Sanders

Professor Valerie Sanders

Professor of English

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Arts Cultures and Education
  • Department of English and American Studies

Summary

Valerie was born and educated in Hull. She then left the city for 25 years - for undergraduate and postgraduate studies, and for lecturing posts at the Universities of Buckingham and Sunderland - before returning to Hull in 2001 to take up a Chair in English at the University.

She has since been Head of the English Department, Deputy Dean for Research, Acting Dean of the Faculty (2010-11) and Director of the Graduate School (2012-17).

Radio

- 'Harriet Martineau', In Our Time, with Melvyn Bragg, Karen O'Brien and Ella Dzelzainis, BBC Radio 4, 8 December 2016.

Television

- ‘Disappearing Dad', Time Shift documentary BBC 4 29 June 2010 (expert ‘talking head')

Reviewing and writing articles for Times Higher Education magazine (2011- )

Undergraduate

Undergraduate

- Classics of British Children's Literature (Level 4) (Convener)

- The Child in British and American Literature and Culture (Level 5) (Convener)

- Brief Encounters with the Victorians (Level 5)

Postgraduate

- Modern Children's Literature

Book

The selected works of Margaret Oliphant, Part V Volume 20 - Hester

V. Sanders (Ed.), (2015). The selected works of Margaret Oliphant, Part V Volume 20 - Hester

Harriet Martineau and the birth of disciplines: Nineteenth-Century intellectual powerhouse

Sanders, V. (2016). V. Sanders, & G. Weiner (Eds.), Harriet Martineau and the birth of disciplines: Nineteenth-Century intellectual powerhouse. Taylor & Francis (Routledge)

Records of girlhood volume two: an anthology of Nineteenth-Century women's childhoods

Sanders, V. (2012). Records of girlhood volume two: an anthology of Nineteenth-Century women's childhoods. Abingdon, Oxford: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)

Book Chapter

“Things Pressing to be said”: Harriet Martineau’s mission to inform

Sanders, V. (2018). “Things Pressing to be said”: Harriet Martineau’s mission to inform. In M. D. Hurley, & M. Waithe (Eds.), Thinking through style: Non-fiction prose of the long Nineteenth Century, 118-134. Oxford University Press (OUP). https://doi.org/10.1093/oso/9780198737827.003.0008

Journal Article

'Charles Kingsley's Anthropology of the Generations'

Sanders, V. (2019). 'Charles Kingsley's Anthropology of the Generations'. Journal of Victorian Culture, 24(3), https://doi.org/10.1093/jvcult/vcz019

Research interests

'Neglected' Victorian women novelists, especially Harriet Martineau (1802-76) and Margaret Oliphant (1828-97); also Charlotte Bronte and Charlotte Mary Yonge

Life Writing: auto/biography

Victorian Family cultures: especially fatherhood and sibling cultures

Postgraduate supervision

Valerie would welcome applications from students interested in Victorian fiction and auto/biography, especially representations of parenthood, siblings and family culture generally, and children's literature.

Completed PhDs

Previously supervised PhD theses on the Brontës and illness, the Bronte Juvenilia 19th-century men and goodness, women and ‘things' (using Thing Theory) in Austen and Gaskell, children's literature, Mary Elizabeth Braddon, Charlotte M Yonge, and the governess travel-narrative.

Current PhD supervisions

Current supervisees are working on Dickens and small household items, the family in young adult literature, girl heroes and the fairy-tale tradition in children's fiction 1860-2010, Wilkie Collins, medicine and madness,and Roald Dahl.