Jo Alyson Parker, Ph.D.

Office: Merion Hall 117
Phone: (610) 660-1884
Fax: (610) 660-3235

Curriculum Vitae (CV)

I conduct seminar-style courses. In all courses, students can expect collaborative-learning exercises, peer-editing workshops, and a portfolio assignment concluding with an end-of-semester self-evaluation.

My areas of interest include the eighteenth- and early nineteenth century novel, literary theory, narrative theory, literature and science, literature and time, and gender issues in the novel.  


  • B.A., University of California, Irvine, 1981
  • M.A., University of California, Irvine, 1984
  • Ph.D., University of California, Irvine, 1989

Professional Experience

Since 2014, I have been the Managing Editor for KronoScope: Journal for the Study of Time.

Courses Taught

English 101 (The Craft of Language)

English 102 (Texts and Contexts)

English 150 (Artificial Intelligence in Fiction, Fact, and Film)

English 382 (Literary Theory)

English 483 (Seminar in Narrative Form, including Narrative and Time)

English 404 (British Authors: Jane Austen)

English 405 (Eighteenth-Century British Novel)

English 416 (Rebellious Women Writers)

Honors 310 (Women's Writing as Emancipation)

English 640 (Narrative and Time)


Selected Publications

“The Chaotic Trace: Stopppard’s Arcadia and the Emplotment of the Past.” Time and Trace: The Study of Time XV. Ed. Sabine Gross and Steven Ostovich. Leiden: Brill, 2016.

“From Time’s Boomerang to Pointillist Mosaic: Translating Cloud Atlas into Film.” SubStance: A Review of Theory and Literary Criticism  44:1 (2015): 123-35. 

“A Brief History of the International Society for the Study of Time.” KronoScope: Journal for the Study of Time 13:2 (2013): 269-94.

“Crusoe’s Foe, Foe’s Cruso, and the Origins and Future of the Novel.” KronoScope: Journal for the Study of Time 11:1 (2011): 17-40.

Time: Limits and Constraints: The Study of Time XIII. Ed. Jo Alyson Parker, Paul Harris, and Christian Steineck. Leiden: Brill, 2010. Includes Jo Alyson Parker, “David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas of Narrative Constraints and Environmental Limits,” 201-17.

Narrative Form and Chaos Theory in Sterne, Proust, Woolf, and Faulkner. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.

Time and Memory: The Study of Time XII. Ed. Jo Alyson Parker, Michael Crawford, and Paul Harris. Leiden: Brill, 2006. Includes “Preface to Section 1: Inscribing and Forgetting.”

"Teaching Emma's Narratives and the Narrative of Emma." In Approaches to Teaching Jane Austen's Emma. Ed. Marcia Folsom. New York: Modern Language Association, 2004. 141-50.

"The Indeterminate Temporality of Hypertext." In Time and Uncertainty: The Study of Time XI. Ed. Paul A. Harris and Michael Crawford. Leiden: Brill, 2004. 39-57.

"Remembering the Future: Memento, the Reverse Arrow of Time, and the Defects of Memory." KronoScope: Journal for the Study of Time 4:2 (2004): 239-57.

"'The Clockmaker's Outcry': Tristram Shandy and the Complexification of Time." In Disrupted Patterns: On Chaos and Order in the Enlightenment. Ed. Theodore E.D. Braun and John McCarthy. Amsterdam-Atlanta, GA: Rodopi, 2000. 147-60.

The Author's Inheritance: Henry Fielding, Jane Austen, and the Establishment of the Novel. DeKalb: Northern Illinois University Press, 1998.

"Complicating a Simple Story: Inchbald's Two Versions of Female Power," Eighteenth-Century Studies 30 (1997): 255-70.

"Spiraling Down 'the Gutter of Time': Tristram Shandy and the Strange Attractor of Death." Weber Studies 14 (1997): 102-14.

“Strange Attractors in Absalom, Absalom!" in Reading Matters: Narrative in the New Media Ecology. Ed. Joseph Tabbi and Michael Wutz. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1997. 99-118.

"'Gendering the Robot: Stanislaw Lem's 'The Mask,'" Science-Fiction Studies 19 (1992): 178-91

"Pride and Prejudice: Jane Austen's Double Inheritance Plot," REAL: The Yearbook of Research in English and American Literature 7 (1990): 159-190.



Grants and Awards

Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching (2004)

Faculty Merit Teaching Awards (2005, 2004, 1995)

Faculty Merit Research Award (1998)

Sabbatical Research Grants (2012-13, 2000)

Summer Research Grants (2016 2010, 2003, 1996, 1993).

Faculty Expert Profile

  • Expertise: Jane Austen, Gender Issues, Time-Related Issues in Literature, Narrative and Chaos Theory