James A. Parr

Distinguished Professor of Spanish

Curriculum Vitae


  • B.A., Ohio University, 1959 (Romance Languages)
  • M.A., Ohio University, 1961 (Romance Languages)
  • Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, 1967 (Hispanic Literature)


Prof. Parr specializes in the Golden Age, working with narratology, deconstruction, genology, and periodization. Signature seminars are: 1) Spain and the Western Tradition and 2) the Satiric Tradition in Hispanic Letters. He served as editor-in-chief of volumes 25 through 50 of the Bulletin of the Comediantes, a refereed, internationally circulated journal specializing in Golden Age drama, which he grew from a pamphlet to volumes of 400+ pages. He never held rank of assistant professor; having jumped from instructor at Toledo to full professor and founding chair of Modern Languages at Murray State University at age 27. He served 3 years in the Army (17-20) and 52 years in academe (26-78).


  • President, Cervantes Society of America, 2004-06
  • President, American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, 2008
  • Charter Member, Academia Cervantina Internacional (Guanajuato), 1999
  • Elected to Phi Beta Kappa; Pi Delta Phi; Sigma Delta Pi (+Order of Don Quixote)
  • Fulbright lecturer on classic Spanish texts and modern theory, Argentina and Uruguay, 1991
  • Visiting Eminent Scholar in the Humanities, U of Alabama, Huntsville, 1994
  • Listed in Marquis Who’s Who in America, 2004; Who’s Who in the World, 2008
  • Significant Achievement Award, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Ohio University (alma mater), 1993
  • Named a Distinguished Retiring Editor, Council of Editors of Learned Journals, 1999
  • Critical Reflections: Essays on Golden Age Spanish Literature in Honor of James A. Parr, 2006
  • Homage sessions at the Huntington Library and during an international symposium at CSUDH
  • Dedicated volume: Cervantes y su mundo, vol. 2. Kassel, Germany: Reichenberger, 2005
  • Selections of 1988 Anatomy translated into Italian as recent most innovative work on DQ, 1994
  • Keynote, plenary, and named lectures on three continents; summer sessions for the Complutense and Granada
  • Invited co-editor for a number of books and special issues of journals; service on various editorial boards
  • Commissioned a Kentucky Colonel by Gov. Louie B. Nunn, for service to the Commonwealth,1970

Former Institutions

  • University of Southern California, 1970-90
  • Murray State University, 1964-70
  • University of Toledo, 1963-64

Homage Volume

Volume in honor of James A. Parr, published by Bucknell University Press, 2006.

Dedicated Volume

Volume dedicated to James A. Parr, published by Edition Reichenberger of Kassel, Germany, 2005.

Monographs by James A. Parr

Don Quixote: A Touchstone for Literary Criticism (a revision and expansion of Don Quixote: An Anatomy of Subversive Discourse), Kassel, Germany: Reichenberger, 2005.

Don Quixote, Don Juan, and Related Subjects: Form and Tradition in Spanish Literature, 1330-1630, Susquehanna University Press, 2004. A Choice Oustanding Academic Title of 2004.

After Its Kind: Approaches to the Comedia (my essays, edited by three former doctoral students) Kassel, Germany: Reichenberger, 1991 (2nd ed., 1993).

Confrontaciones calladas: el crítico frente al clásico (modern theories used to elucidate Spanish classics) Madrid: Orígenes, 1990.

Don Quixote: An Anatomy of Subversive Discourse (narrative voices and relative authority, characterization, point of view, and genre) Newark, DE: Juan de la Cuesta, 1988 (2nd ed., 1990). See first page of curriculum vitae.

Volumes Edited by James A. Parr

Approaches to Teaching Cervantes’s Don Quixote (Co-ed. Lisa Vollendorf). New York, MLA, 2015.

Don Quixote: Interdisciplinary Connections (Co-ed. Matthew Warshawsky). Newark, DE: Juan de la Cuesta, 2013.

Revision of Julio Cejador’s 1905 monumental effort. (Co-ed. Delfin Carbonell), Barcelona: El Serbal, 2011.

Special issue of Comparative Literature Studies, “Don Quixote and 400 Years of World Literature” (Co-ed. William R. Blue), Vol. 43, No. 4, 2006.

Special issue of Hispania celebrating the 400th anniversary of Don Quixote (Co-ed. Edward H. Friedman), Vol. 88, No. 2, 2005.

El ingenioso hidalgo don Quijote de la Mancha (Co-ed. Salvador J. Fajardo) Asheville, NC: Pegasus Press, 1998 (1 vol. hardcover); third printing, 2009 (2vols. paper).

Magical Parts: Approaches to Don Quixote (Co-ed. Edward H. Friedman; monographic issue of the Indiana Journal of Hispanic Literature, Fall 1994).

El burlador de Sevilla y convidado de piedra (for a Spanish audience) (study, notes, chronology, glossary, etc.; follows the princeps) Valencia: Albatros-Hispanófila, 1991.

Critical Essays on the Life and Work of Juan Ruiz de Alarcón (a compilation of basic studies on the Mexican-born playwright) Madrid: Dos Continentes, 1972.

El burlador de Sevilla y convidado de piedra (for a US audience) (establishes a standard text; inaugural vol. of series) Binghamton, NY: Medieval & Renaissance Texts & Studies, 1994.

On Cervantes: Essays for L. A. Murillo (invited essays honoring a distinguished Cervantes scholar) Newark, DE: Juan de la Cuesta, 1991.

Silver to Gold. Editor of vols. 25 (60 pp.) through 50 (480 pp.), 1973-98.