John Parks

John ParksProfessor Emeritus


Ph.D., American Studies, University of New Mexico

Rel.D., Claremont School of Theology

B.A., Political Science, University of California Berkeley

Teaching Interests

  • 20th century American literature
  • Contemporary American fiction

Research Interests

  • Contemporary American fiction

Selected Publications

  • The Fiction of E.L. Doctorow. New York: Crossroad/Continuum, 1991.
  • American Short Stories Since 1945. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.
  • “The Need of Some Imperishable Bliss: John Updike’s Toward the End of Time.”Renascence: Essays on Values in Literature, Vol. LVII, 2, Winter 2005, pp. 151-157.
  • “Edward Lewis Wallant: in The Holocaust Novel edited by Efraim Sicher.” The Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vol. 299, 2004, pp. 348-353.
  • “Mining and Undermining the Old Plots: Ishmael Reed’s Mumbo Jumbo.” The Centennial Review, 34, 1 (Winter 1995): 163-170.
  • “The Politics of Polyphony: The Fiction of E.L. Doctorow.” Twentieth-Century Literature, 37 (Winter 1991) 4: 454-463.
  • “Unfit Survivors: The Failed and Lost Pilgrims in the Fiction of Robert Stone.” CEA Critic, 53 (Fall 1990) 1: 52-57.
  • “The Grace of Suffering: The Fiction of Edward Lewis Wallant.” Studies in American Jewish Writing, 5 (1985): 111-118.
  • “Chambers of Yearning: Shirley Jackson’s Use of the Gothic.” Twentieth Century Literature, 30, (Spring 1984) 1: 15-29.
  • “The Terrors of Freedom: Religious Crisis in Recent American Fiction.” The Southwest Review, 67, (Spring 1982) 2: 182-191.

Work in Progress

Professor Parks is working on an essay of Robert Stone’s last two novels and essays on other recent American writers.