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Mike Sanders

Mike Sanders is Senior Lecturer (19th Century Writing) at the University of Manchester (U.K.). His main research interests are the relationship between culture and politics in nineteenth-century working-class radicalism with a particular emphasis on the Chartist movement and has published widely on these subjects. His monograph, The Poetry of Chartism: Aesthetics, Politics, History (Cambridge University Press, 2009) argues that ‘Chartist poetry’ currently exists as a complex of aesthetic, historical and sociological problems rather than a properly defined category of literary history. Sanders is currently co-investigator on the AHRC-funded ‘Piston, Pen & Press’ project which aims to understand how industrial workers in Scotland and the North of England, from the 1840s to the 1910s, engaged with literary culture through writing, reading, and participation in wider cultural activities.