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Curriculum Vitae

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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Press, 2012), draws on Ellison's recently published "unfinished" novel, newly released archival materials, and unpublished correspondence to provide a sustained of Ralph Ellisons' friendships with Richard Wright, Robert Penn Warren, and C. Vann Woodward to make the case for Ellison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.



Selected Essays and Journal Articles