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.
- BA (Hons) English, Goldsmiths’ College, University of London 1985
- PhD Goldsmiths’ College, University of London 1996
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 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. 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. 1996. 'Salman Rushdie: from Colonial Politics to Postmodern Poetics'. In: Bart J. Moore-Gilbert, ed. Writing India 1757-1990: The Literature of British India. Manchester: Manchester University Press. ISBN 978-0719042669
Parnell, Tim. 1996. ‘Sterne and Kundera: The Novel of Variations and the “noisy foolishness of human certainty”’. In: David Pierce and Peter de Voogd, eds. Laurence Sterne in Modernism and Postmodernism. Brill | Rodopi, pp. 147-156. ISBN 978-9042000025
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.