David R. Sorensen, D.Phil.
Professor, Associate Director Honors
Discipline Taught: English
Office: Merion Hall 111
Phone: (610) 660-1881
- B.A., University of Toronto, 1976
- M.Phil., London University, 1980
- D.Phil., Oxford University, 1983
General Fields of Professional Interest
Victorian Culture and Society
Enlightenment & Romanticism
English & French Historiography
Revolutions & Revolutionaries
Art & Aesthetics
Lecture and discussion
Editor, Carlyle Studies Annual.
Advisory Board, Strouse Carlyle Edition.
- Various Introductory Freshman English Courses.
- Victorian Literature
- Reason, Revolution and Reaction: Intellectual History, 1640-1840.
- The Modern Mosaic: Intellectual History, 1840-1930.
The Collected Letters of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle, Ed. Ian Campbell, Aileen Christianson, and David Sorensen. Duke - Edinburgh Edition. 40 vols. (Durham: Duke UP, 1970 - 2013 ongoing ).
Heroes and Hero-Worship. By Thomas Carlyle. Ed. David R. Sorensen and Brent Kinser. (Yale: Yale UP, 2013).
The French Revolution. By Thomas Carlyle. Ed. K. J. Fielding and David R. Sorensen. World's Classics Edition. London: Oxford UP, 1989.
The Carlyle Studies Annual. Ed. David R. Sorensen and Brent Kinser. Nos. 22-28 (Phildelphia: SJU P, 2006 -2013 ongoing)
"A Failure of Faith: Herbert Grierson, Thomas Carlyle, and the British Academy 'Master Mind' Lecture of 1940." British Academy Newsletter 21 (January 2013): 39-44.
Jane Carlyle: Newly Selected Letters. Ed. Kenneth J. Fielding and David R. Sorensen (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2004).
The Carlyles at Home and Abroad. Ed. David R. Sorensen and Rodger L. Tarr (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2004).
Commentary: “Queen of Fairyland—A Newly Discovered Collection of Lady Ashburton’s letters to Thomas Carlyle.” Times Literary Supplement (1 October 2010): 13-16.
The French Revolution. By Thomas Carlyle. Ed. Mark Cumming, David R. Sorensen, and Mark Engel. Strouse Edition. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2014.
Grants and Awards
Tengelmann Award for Distinguished Teaching and Research, Saint Joseph’s University, 2009.
Carlyle Letters Project, National Endowment of the Humanities, 1999-2014 (four grants totalling $820,000 for the creation and maintenance of Carlyle Letters Online and vols. 28-43)