Dr Tim Parnell

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Dr Tim Parnell


Senior Lecturer in English


English and Creative Writing


t.parnell (@gold.ac.uk)

Tim’s research focuses on eighteenth-century fiction. He is Literary Director of the Goldsmiths Prize.

Tim Parnell is Senior Lecturer in English. His publications include Constructing Christopher Marlowe (co-edited with J. A. Downie) and critical editions of Tristram Shandy and A Sentimental Journey. He has written widely on Laurence Sterne, Jonathan Swift, aspects of eighteenth-century culture and the broader traditions of the novel. He is a is currently completing Laurence Sterne: A Literary Life. His teaching focuses on the eighteenth century and the history of the novel from Rabelais and Cervantes to the present day.

He is Literary Director of the Goldsmiths Prize which he conceived and set up in 2013.

Academic qualifications

  • BA (Hons) English, Goldsmiths’ College, University of London 1985
  • PhD Goldsmiths’ College, University of London 1996

Research interests

Tim’s research focuses primarily on Laurence Sterne and the diverse relationships between his writing and mid-eighteenth-century print culture. Other research interests in the eighteenth century include Jonathan Swift, the ‘novel’ (especially in 1750s and 60s), satire in narrative and the place of Anglicanism in the culture of sensibility. More broadly, he is interested in the history of the novel as an international form and especially the traditions of ‘experimental’ fiction from Sterne to Knausgaard.

Publications and research outputs


Parnell, Tim. 2020. Laurence Sterne: A Literary Life. Palgrave.

Parnell, Tim and Jack, I. 2003. A Sentimental Journey and other writings by Laurence Sterne. [Critical Edition] Oxford University Press [Oxford World's Classics]. ISBN 9780192839961

Parnell, Tim. 2000. Tristram Shandy by Laurence Sterne. London: [Critical Edition] Everyman Paperback, J. M. Dent.

Edited Book

Downie, Alan (J. A.) and Parnell, Tim, eds. 2006. Constructing Christopher Marlowe. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0521030519

Book Section

Parnell, Tim. 2016. Sterne’s Fiction and the Mid-Century Novel: The ‘Vast Empire of Biographical Freebooters’ and the ‘Crying Volume’. In: Alan Downie, ed. The Oxford Handbook of the Eighteenth-Century Novel. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 264-281. ISBN 9780199566747

Parnell, Tim. 2013. 'Laurence Sterne, Author of the Tale?'. In: Kirsten Juhas; Hermann J. Real and Sandra Simon, eds. Reading Swift: Papers from the Sixth Munster Symposium on Jonathan Swift. Munich: Wilhelm Fink Verlag, pp. 581-593. ISBN 9783770554300

Parnell, Tim. 2009. ‘The Sermons of Mr. Yorick: the commonplace and the rhetoric of the heart’. In: Thomas Keymer, ed. The Cambridge Companion to Laurence Sterne. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 64-78. ISBN ISBN 970521849722


Parnell, Tim. 2008. ''Laurence Sterne and the Problem of Belief II'. The Shandean, 19,

Parnell, Tim. 2007. From Hack to Eccentric Genius: Tristram Shandy and A Tale of a Tub, Again. Swift Studies, 22(1), pp. 146-160. ISSN 09388036

Parnell, Tim. 2007. Sterne and Young's Conjectures on Original Composition. The Eighteenth-Century Intelligencer, 21(2), pp. 12-17.