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James Parr

James Parr

Distinguished, Professor

Department of Hispanic Studies
2418 HMNSS
(951) 827-1210


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


Prof. Parr teaches and publishes on the classics of Spanish literature, in particular the Quixote , the original Don Juan play, the picaresque, and the satiric tradition in general. He also teaches and critiques modern and postmodern theory, preferring to apply in his own work narratology, genology, and humanistic formalism. He has chaired departments at MSU, USC, and UCR, and has also served as graduate advisor at those institutions. 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. He lists as a "dubious distinction” having been the youngest full professor and chair of department in any discipline of the humanities, at age 27.


  • President, American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, 2008
  • President, Cervantes Society of America, 2004-06
  • Invited Founding Member, Academia Cervantina Internacional (Guanajuato)
  • Phi Beta Kappa; Pi Delta Phi; Sigma Delta Pi (Order of Don Quixote)
  • Fulbright lecturer, Argentina and Uruguay, 1991
  • 1994 Eminent Scholar in the Humanities, U of Alabama, Huntsville
  • Listed in Who's Who in America, 2004
  • 1999 Distinguished Retiring Editor (Runner-up), Council of Editors of Learned Journals

Former Institutions

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


Monographs by James A. Parr

"Don Quixote": A Touchstone for Literary Criticism (a revision and expansion of "Don Quixote: An Anatomy of Subversive Discourse"), Reichenberger, 2005.
Don Quixote, Don Juan, and Related Subjects: Form and Tradition in Spanish Literature, 1330-1630, Susquehanna University Press, 2004.
After Its Kind: Approaches to the "Comedia" (my essays, edited by three former dissertation advisees) 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).

Volumes Edited by James A. Parr

CLS Special issue of CLS, "Don Quixote and 400 Years of World Literature" (Co-ed. William R. Blue), Vol. 43, No. 4, 2006.
Hispania 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 (1 vol., hardback) Co-ed. Salvador J. Fajardo; Pegasus Press; 986 pp.; Dec. 1998 (corrected 2nd printing, 2002).


Magical Parts: Approaches to "Don Quixote" (Co-ed. Edward H. Friedman; monographic issue of IJHL, Fall '94) .


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

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