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Valerie Sanders

Professor of English


Literary and Cultural Criticism from the Nineteenth Century. Volume 1: Life Writing (2021)
Book
(2021). J. Shattock, J. Wilkes, K. Newey, & V. Sanders (Eds.), Literary and Cultural Criticism from the Nineteenth Century. Volume 1: Life Writing. London: Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003199861

This collection of primary sources examines literary and cultural criticism over the long nineteenth century. Volume I of four explores the subjects of life-writing, including biography, autobiography, diaries and letters. This volume will be of gre... Read More about Literary and Cultural Criticism from the Nineteenth Century. Volume 1: Life Writing.

Making Space: Key Popular Women Writers Then and Now Janine Hatter and Helena Ifill with contributions from (2021)
Journal Article
Hatter, J., Ifill, H., Bloom, A. B., Costantini, M., Lambert, C., Pope, C., & Sanders, V. (2021). Making Space: Key Popular Women Writers Then and Now Janine Hatter and Helena Ifill with contributions from. Victorian popular fictions journal, 3(1), 21-24. https://doi.org/10.46911/TFSA1481

Reclaiming lost or forgotten (Victorian) popular women writers and their works is still an important, ongoing aim of literary and gender studies. In this article, we take the Key Popular Women Writers series, published by Edward Everett Root Publishe... Read More about Making Space: Key Popular Women Writers Then and Now Janine Hatter and Helena Ifill with contributions from.

"Mediocrity in the Sensations": Charlotte Bronte and the Yorkshire Marriage (2020)
Book Chapter
Sanders, V. (2020). "Mediocrity in the Sensations": Charlotte Bronte and the Yorkshire Marriage. In J. Pizzo, & E. Houghton (Eds.), Charlotte Bronte, Embodiment and the Natural World (75-94). Cham: Palgrave Macmillan (part of Springer Nature). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-34855-7_4

This essay focuses on the way Brontë explores, via references to bodily sensation and material objects, both in her letters, and in her fiction, the experience of deciding to marry, and the alienating nature of its operation for those bystanders who... Read More about "Mediocrity in the Sensations": Charlotte Bronte and the Yorkshire Marriage.

Margaret Oliphant (2020)
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Sanders, V. (2020). Margaret Oliphant. Edward Everett Root Publishers

This concise new book provides close readings of both canonical and less familiar novels and articles by the novelist Margaret Oliphant (1828-97). They show how she maintained a spirited dialogue with her age, confronting its ingrained prejudices, wh... Read More about Margaret Oliphant.

Mrs. Oliphant's Shopping: The Pleasures and Perils of Consumerism in Margaret Oliphant's Major Fiction (2019)
Journal Article
Sanders, V. (2019). Mrs. Oliphant's Shopping: The Pleasures and Perils of Consumerism in Margaret Oliphant's Major Fiction. Yearbook of English Studies, 49, 48-66. https://doi.org/10.5699/yearenglstud.49.2019.0048

Margaret Oliphant’s novels make frequent reference to the consumer culture of the period, ranging from shopping in department stores to the purchase of art works by private collectors. Both female and male shoppers feature in her novels, and the good... Read More about Mrs. Oliphant's Shopping: The Pleasures and Perils of Consumerism in Margaret Oliphant's Major Fiction.

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), 316-322. 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.

‘By the Fireside: Margaret Oliphant's Armchair Commentaries,' (2019)
Book Chapter
Sanders, V. (2019). ‘By the Fireside: Margaret Oliphant's Armchair Commentaries,'. In A. Easley, C. Gill, & B. Rodgers (Eds.), Women, Periodicals, and Print Culture in Britain, 18303-1900s : The Victorian Period (379-392). (hardback). Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press

‘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: Oxford University Press. 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)
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Sanders, V. (2016). V. Sanders, & G. Weiner (Eds.), Harriet Martineau and the birth of disciplines: Nineteenth-Century intellectual powerhouse. 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.

Harriet Martineau and the Birth of Disciplines : Nineteenth-Century intellectual powerhouse (2016)
Book
Sanders, V., & Weiner, G. (Eds.). (2016). Harriet Martineau and the Birth of Disciplines : Nineteenth-Century intellectual powerhouse. London: Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315586229

A collection of essays by various contributors each addressing Martineau's contribution to an intellectual discipline. Introduction and Afterword by Valerie Sanders and Gaby Weiner. I have also contributed one chapter on Martineau's Journalism