John Parker

John Parker

Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Admissions

404 Bryan Hall

Office Hours: MW 12-1
Class Schedule: MW 11-11:50

Medieval, Renaissance Drama


Ph. D. University of Pennsylvania, 1999.
M. A. University of Pennsylvania, 1996.
B. A. University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, 1994



  • "Valhalla is Burning: Theory, The Middle Ages, and Secularization," PMLA 130.3 (2015): 787-798.
  • "The Epicurean Middle Ages," Exemplaria: A Journal of Theory in Medieval and Renaissance Studies 25.4 (2013): 324-29.
  • "Faustus, Confession, and the Sins of Omission," ELH 80.1 (2013): 29-59.
  • "Who's Afraid of Darwin? Revisiting Chambers and Hardison…and Nietzsche,"
    Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies 40.1 (2010):7-35.
  • "What a Piece of Work is Man: Shakespearean Drama as Marxian Fetish, the
    Fetish as Sacramental Sublime," Journal of Medieval and Early
    Modern Studies 34.3 (2004): 643-72. 
  • "The Promise of History," Shakespeare Studies 30 (2002): 43-6.

Book Chapters

  • "Religion, Ritual and Myth," in A Cultural History of Tragedy, ed. Rebecca Bushnell, vol. 2, In The Middle Ages, ed. Jody Enders et al. (London: Bloomsbury, forthcoming), 81-98.
  • "Holy Adultery: Marriage in The Comedy of Errors, The Merchant of Venice and The Merry Wives of Windsor," in The Oxford Handbook of Shakespearean Comedy, ed. Heather Hirschfeld (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018), 489-503.
  • "Antinomian Shakespeare: Confession and English Drama across the Reformation Divide," in Shakespeare and Judgment, ed. Kevin Curran (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2016), 175-94.
  • "Persona," in Cultural Reformations: Medieval and Renaissance in Literary History, ed. Brian Cummings and James Simpson (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010), pp. 591-608.
  • "Barabas and Charles I," in Placing the Plays of Christopher Marlowe: Cultural Contexts of his Drama, ed. Robert Logan and Sara Deats (Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2008). 

Book Reviews

  • Adrian Streete, Protestantism and Drama in Early Modern England in Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England (forthcoming 2011).
  • Kenneth Gross, Shylock is Shakespeare and The Dream of the Moving Statue in Shakespeare Studies 36 (2008): 265-77.
  • John D. Cox, The Devil and the Sacred in English Drama 1350-1642 in Christianity and Literature 52.2 (2003): 262-5.

Selected Honors and Awards

  • The Rome Prize, Medieval Studies, American Academy in Rome, 2008-2009.
  • Bundeskanzler-Stipendium, Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung, 1999-2000.
  • Diane Hunter Prize for the best dissertation submitted in English,
    University of Pennsylvania, 1999.