'Drawing inspiration from the rich critical heritage on the thematics of the marriage plot and a wealth of diverse interdisciplinary studies in Victorian literature and science, Sparks offers a rich and compelling investigation into the development of the medical profession and its relevant cultural implications.' Rivista di Studi Vittoriani 'This is a closely-argued and [...] clearly written investigation, directed at an audience familiar with recent Victorian fiction criticism, which deserves close reading and (as good critical discussion of text will) drives the reader back to the novels chosen for analysis.' Gaskell Journal 'Literary scholars are likely to be satisfied by Sparks' diverse selection of texts, which combines familiar with forgotten fiction, and the well-organised critical readings, which balance clarity and subtlety.' Social History of Medicine '[Sparks's] book tackles the figure of the doctor from a literary point of view, and her analysis of the impact of the doctor-character on the marriage-plot offers an original insight into Victorian realism. ... the range of canonical, popular or less known novels and short stories Sparks examines, makes it an interesting study of the figure of the "doctor" and its evolution.' Miranda 'While in some respects the doctor appeared to be the very essence of self-made, middle-class masculine benevolence and rationality, Sparks finds that through the marriage plot writers of fiction reveal a very flawed character and it is the evident "tension between medical and romantic epistemologies" that the book addresses. To explore this tension Sparks interrogates the correlation between the doctor's success in the domestic sphere and the trajectory of his public career. The results of this analysis are intriguing.' English Studies 'Demonstrating an unusually wide reading, especially of popular literature, Sparks discusses no fewer than forty-four doctor characters throughout the course of the book. This feat alone makes The Doctor in the Victorian Novel a must-read for students of Victorian literature and medicine.' Victorian Studies 'The Doctor in the Victorian Novel is particularly distinguished by its fascinating selection of novels with doctor figures, often examining them as pairs that cast surprisingly new light on both the novels and their representation of doctors.' Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies
About the Author
Tabitha Sparks, Assistant Professor of English at McGill University, specializes in the nineteenth-century British novel. Her work has appeared in book collections, and journals including Cultural Studies and the Journal of Narrative Theory.