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Professor Valerie Sanders


Valerie Sanders

Professor of English

Biography 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).


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


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

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


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