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Professor Valerie Sanders

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Valerie Sanders

Professor of English


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

In 1852, Charles Kingsley (1819-75) declared his wish to ‘put the anthropology of men of my own generation on as sound a footing as I can,’ so that they would have clear religious and moral principles with which to face the challenges ahead of them.... Read More about 'Charles Kingsley's Anthropology of the Generations'.

“Things Pressing to be said”: Harriet Martineau’s mission to inform (2018)
Book Chapter
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

Unlike many of the other authors discussed in this collection, Martineau has rarely been read for pleasure in the artistry of her wordplay. When she mentions her writing it is with a sense, declared in her Autobiography, that ‘Things were pressing to... Read More about “Things Pressing to be said”: Harriet Martineau’s mission to inform.

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

One of the foremost writers of her time, Harriet Martineau established her reputation by writing a hugely successful series of fictional tales on political economy whose wide readership included the young Queen Victoria. She went on to write fiction... Read More about Harriet Martineau and the birth of disciplines: Nineteenth-Century intellectual powerhouse.

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

Margaret Oliphant (1828-97) had a prolific literary career that spanned almost fifty years. She wrote some 98 novels, fifty or more short stories, twenty-five works of non-fiction, including biographies and historic guides to European cities, and mor... Read More about The selected works of Margaret Oliphant, Part V Volume 20 - Hester.

'Is there no work in hand?' : the idle son theme at mid-century (2010)
Journal Article
Sanders, V. (2010). 'Is there no work in hand?' : the idle son theme at mid-century. Studies in the Literary Imagination, 43(1), 49-68

This article presents work as the possible site of a generational conflict over the definition of masculinity between parents and children, focusing on the father and son dynamic. It tackles cases of idle sons, or educated young men who cannot establ... Read More about 'Is there no work in hand?' : the idle son theme at mid-century.