Karin L. Sanders is Professor of Danish Literature in the Department of Scandinavian. She was a postgraduate fellow at the University of Copenhagen from 1984-1987 and joined the Berkeley faculty in 1995. In 2007, she was elected as a member of The Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters. Her most recent book, Bodies in the Bog and the Archaeological Imagination, was awarded the Douglass Book Prize Honorable Mention in 2010. She is currently working on a new book entitled 'Let's be Human'--The Lives of Things in Hans Christian Andersen’s Material Imagination.
Professor Sanders’s multitude of research interests include literary history, romanticism, word and image studies, archaeology in art and literature, ethics and literature, affect and literature, and gender studies. In much of her research, Professor Sanders has devoted attention to the ways in which material culture and visual representation intersect with literary culture. She has published numerous articles on the relationship between words and images, sculpture and death masks, material culture and literature, archaeology and modernity, romanticism, gender and aesthetics, and art and ethics.