With undergraduate degrees from Princeton and Oxford and a doctorate from Harvard, Reeve Parker joined the Department in 1967. The chief focus of his research and writing--and much of his teaching--has been in English Romantic poetry and drama, with strong related interests in French Enlightenment and Revolutionary history and literature, especially theatre, and intertextual dynamics. After an earlier book on Coleridge's meditative poetry, a number of essays are now culminating in a book-length work-in-progress--called Dark Employments--on plays by Wordsworth, Coleridge, and Shelley. Other interests are in 19th and 20th century American fiction, with essay projects in Henry James and Flannery O'Connor.
- English Romanticism
- French Revolutionary Studies
- 18th and 19th Century British, French, and German Drama
- 19th and 20th Century Transatlantic Fiction in English
- Intertextual Studies