Readership: Students and scholars of literature and philosophy; health and social care professionals; general readers with an interest in the subject.
Rachel Bowlby, Northcliffe Professor of English at UCL
Rachel Bowlby is Northcliffe Professor of English at University College London. Her previous books include Just Looking and Carried Away, both about the history of shopping; Still Crazy After All These Years: Women, Writing and Psychoanalysis; Shopping with Freud; Feminist Destinations and Further Essays on Virginia Woolf; and Freudian Mythologies: Greek Tragedy and Modern Identities.
"...fluid and engaging..." - Terri Apter, The TLS
"Here Bowlby's widely celebrated talent as a literary critic is demonstrated to quite spectacular effect. Literary critics - academics in general - are permanently aware of the pressure to make their work "relevant", and in less skilled hands the parts of this book concerned with contemporary culture might have appeared worlds away from Jane Austen and Charles Dickens. This book, however, is an instance of genuine dialogue between the contemporary and the historical ... an extraordinary level of insight." - Bryony Randall, Times Higher Education Supplement
"[Rachel Bowlby] finds some intriguing antecedents to our world of surrogacy, fertility treatment
and adoption (and, brilliantly, in the case of Mary, mother of Jesus, to artificial insemination) in plot twists that are, in essence, novelists' decisions to rupture reality so as better to make it serve their specific emotional, psychological and artistic needs." - Rachel Cusk, New Statesman
1: Changing Conceptions
2: Surrogates and Other Mothers
3: Reproductive Choice: A Prehistory
4: Foundling Fathers and Mothers
5: Childlessness: Euripides' Medea
6: A Tale of Two Parents: Charles Dickens's Great Expectations
7: Finding a Life: George Eliot's Silas Marner
8: His and Hers: Henry Fielding's Tom Jones
9: Placement: Jane Austen's Mansfield Park
10: At All Costs: George Moore's Esther Waters
11: Between Parents: Henry James's What Maisie Knew
12: Parental Secrets in Thomas Hardy's The Mayor of Casterbridge
13: 'I Had Barbara': Women's Ties and Edith Wharton's 'Roman Fever'