Robert Dale Parker
University of Illinois
Department of English
608 S. Wright St.

Urbana, IL 61801



Robert Dale Parker is the James M. Benson Professor in English at the University of Illinois. He has written about a variety of topics in American literature and critical theory, including American Indian literature, the novels of William Faulkner, the poetry of Elizabeth Bishop, and a wide range of additional fiction and poetry. Currently, he is researching literature from the Great Depression. See also his English Department web site and the site for American literary studies at the University of Illinois.













  • How to Interpret Literature: Critical Theory for Literary and Cultural Studies. New York: Oxford University Press, 2008. First edition. Six printings.
  • "Absalom, Absalom!": The Questioning of Fictions. Boston: Twayne, 1991.
  • Faulkner and the Novelistic Imagination. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1985.

Articles (selected)

  • "Text, Lines, and Videotape: The Ideology of Genre and the Transcription of Traditional Native American Oral Narrative as Poetry." Arizona Quarterly: A Journal of American Literature, Culture, and Theory 53 (1997): 141-69.
  • "To Be There, No Authority to Anything: Ontological Desire and Cultural and Poetic Authority in the Poetry of Ray A. Young Bear." Arizona Quarterly: A Journal of American Literature, Culture, and Theory 50 (1994): 89-115.  Reprinted in Native-American Writers. Ed. Harold Bloom. Philadelphia: Chelsea House, 1998, pp. 175-94. (Unauthorized reprint without the footnotes.)


American literature, critical theory, and Modern literature. Particular interests in fiction and poetry, recent critical theory, and Native American literatures.



Ph.D., English, Yale University
A.B., English and History, Brown University


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