TIMOTHY PARRISH, Professor, B.A. Trinity University; A.M. University of Chicago; Ph.D. University of Washington. Professor Parrish studies and teaches contemporary American literature and culture, with secondary expertise in the history and practice of the novel.
Professor Parrish's first book, Walking Blues: Making Americans from Emerson to Elvis (University of Massachusetts Press, 2001), documents how seemingly incompatible interests in national and racial identity are brought together in American culture through a longstanding commitment to understanding identity as integrally connected to what one becomes rather than as who or what one is born. His second book, From the Civil War to the Apocalypse: Postmodern History and American Fiction (University of Massachusetts Press, 2008), reconsiders the relationship between history and fiction in a postmodern context, concluding that history, not identity, is the ground of postmodern American fiction. His third book, Ralph Ellison and the Genius of America (University of Massachusetts Press, 2012), draws on Ellison's recently published "unfinished" novel, newly released archival materials, and unpublished correspondence to provide a sustained of Ralph Ellisons' friendships with Richard Wright, Robert Penn Warren, and C. Vann Woodward to make the case for Ellison as the essential visionary of post-Civil Rights America.
Professor Parrish is the editor of The Cambridge Companion to Philip Roth (Cambridge University Press, 2007) and of The Cambridge Companion to American Novelists (Cambridge University Press, 2013). He has published widely on contemporary and American fiction in such journals as Modern Fiction Studies, Contemporary Literature, Prospects, Arizona Quarterly, Texas Studies in Language and Literature, Studies in American Fiction, Clio, Critique, Studies in Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Literature, Studies in American Jewish Literature, and Journal of American Culture.
- The Cambridge Companion to American Novelists. Editor. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013).
- Ralph Ellison and the Genius of America (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2012).
- From the Civil War to the Apocalypse: History in Twentieth-Century American Fiction (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2008).
- Walking Blues: Making Americans from Emerson to Elvis (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2001).
- The Cambridge Companion to Philip Roth (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007).
Selected Essays and Journal Articles
- "Ralph Ellison's Three Days: The Novel Without Qualities." Raritan, forthcoming.
- "Saul Bellow." In Mark C. Carnes, ed., American National Biography. Oxford University Press, forthcoming.
- "Ralph Ellison, Finished and Unfinished: Aesthetic Achievements and Political Legacies." Contemporary Literature 48.4 (2007): 639-664.
- "After Henry Adams: Rewriting History in Joan Didion's Democracy." Critique 47.2 (2006): 167-84.
- "Invisible Ellison: The Fight to be a Negro Leader." In Ross Posnock, ed., The Cambridge Companion to Ralph Ellison (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005): 137-156.
- "Ralph Ellison: The Invisible Man in Philip Roth's The Human Stain." Contemporary Literature 45.3 (Fall 2004): 421-59.
- "Faulkner's Absalom, Absalom!: The True History of the South." Prospects 29 ( 2004): 1-39.
- "Nabokov, Dostoevski, Proust: Despair." Studies in Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Literature 28.2 (2004): 445-77.
- "Imagining Jews in Philip Roth's Operation Shylock." Rpt. in Philip Roth. Ed. Harold Bloom. (New York: Chelsea House, 2003), pp. 119-43.
- "Creation's Covenant: The Art of Cynthia Ozick." Texas Studies in Literature and Language, 43.4 (2001): 440-64.
- "Denis Johnson's Jesus' Son: To Kingdom Come." Critique, 43.1 (Fall 2001): 17-29.
- "Texas Schoolbook: The History Lessons of Don DeLillo's Libra." Clio 30.1 (2000): 1-31.
- "From Hoover's F.B.I. to Eisenstein's Unterwelt: Don DeLillo Writes the Postmodern Novel." MFS: Modern Fiction Studies 45.3 (Fall 1999): 696-723.
- "Ralph Ellison, Kenneth Burke, and the Form of Democracy." Arizona Quarterly 52.3 (Autumn 1995): 117-48.
- "Our White Whale, Elvis; or, Democracy Sighted." Prospects 20 (1995): 329-60.