Tabitha Sparks

Contact Information
514-398-4400 Ext 09348
Email address: 
tabitha [dot] sparks [at] mcgill [dot] ca

McGill University
Department of English
853 Sherbrooke Street West
Arts Building
Montreal, QC H3A 0G5 CANADA

Faculty Members
Associate Professor & Director of Graduate Studies

B.A. (Bates College); M.A., Ph.D. (University of Washington), Associate Professor

Nineteenth Century
Teaching areas: 

19th Century Novel; literature and medicine; narrative theory.

Member: Advisory Committee on English Education, Province of Quebec

Taught previously at: 

University of Washington, Georgia Institute of Technology, Emory University.

Awards, honours, and fellowships: 
  • NINES: Networked Infrastructure of Nineteenth-Century Electronic Scholarship Research Fellowship:Digital Humanities Institute. University of Victoria. June 2012.
  • Research Fellowship, Emory University’s Manuscript, Archive and Rare Book Library (MARBL): “Yellowbacks and Representational Self-Consciousness: Extending Realist Techniques to the Popular Novel.” Atlanta, GA. July 2- August 2 2009.
  • FQRSC équipe en émergence grant project: “Technologies, Media, and Representation in Nineteenth-Century France and England.” April 2009-April 2011.
  • Louis Dudek Award for Excellence in Teaching/McGill University, Department of English, 2004-5
  • Marion Brittain Postdoctoral Fellowship (Georgia Tech)
  • Center for Humanistic Inquiry Postdoctoral Fellowship (Emory)
  • NEH Institute Fellowship
Selected publications: 

A City Girl: A Realistic Story (1887) by Margaret Harkness. Ed. Under contract with Broadview Press

Victorian Medicine and Popular Culture, co-edited with Louise Penner (forthcoming from Pickering & Chatto, May 2015)

"Literature in Medical School: why, how, and if," Hektoan Internation: A Journal of Medical Humanities (May 2014)

“Wilkie Collins’s The Law and the Lady and Feminine Reason: ‘Quite Impossible, and nevertheless quite true!’”  Clues 31.2 (Winter 2014).

“Kate Marsden’s Leper Project: On Sledge and Horseback with a Missionary Nurse.” Picturing Women’s Health, 1790-1914, ed. Francesca Scott, Kate Scarth, and Ji Won Chung. London: Pickering & Chatto (Winter 2014).

“Dinah Mulock Craik’s Olive: Deformity, Gender, and Female Destiny.” Women’s Writing 20.3 (2013).

“Sensation Intervention: M.C. Houstoun’s Recommended to Mercy (1862) and the Novel of Experience.”  Women’s Writing 20.2 (2013)

“To the Madhouse Born: the Ethics of Exteriority in Lady Audley’s Secret.” New Perspectives on Mary Elizabeth Braddon.  Ed. Jessica Cox.  Amsterdam/New York: Rodolpi, 2012. 

“Lineage as Destiny in Catherine Cookson’s Our Kate: Reprising the Victorian Orphan Tale” and “Introduction” (with Julie Anne Taddeo), Catherine Cookson Country: On the Borders of Legitimacy, Fiction, and History. Ed. Julie Anne Taddeo. (Ashgate, 2012).

“Realism after Sensation: Hardy, Gissing, Meredith,” Blackwell's Companion to Sensation Fiction (2011).

Family Practices: Doctors and Marriage in the Victorian Novel (2009).

The Brontës in Context: Harold Bloom's Classic Authors Series (2008).

"AIDS in Africa, Cultural Studies in Georgia," Cultural Studies vol. 19. No.4 (July 2005).

“Medical Gothic and the Return of the Contagious Diseases Acts in Stoker and Machen,” Nineteenth-Century Feminisms (Fall 2003).

“Narrative Injury and Surgical Cure: Wilkie Collins’s Poor Miss Finch and Heart and Science,” Journal of Narrative Theory (Winter 2002).

“Fiction Becomes Her: Representations of Female Character in Mary Braddon’s The Doctor’s Wife,” Mary Braddon in Context, eds. Marlene Tromp, Aerin Haynie, and Pamela K. Gilbert. State University of New York Press (2000).

Current research: 
  • Victorian Medicine and Popular Culture, co-edited with Louise Penner
  • Monograph on the Victorian Yellowback Novel