My name is Michael Parrish. Take a look at my CV and use the provided links throughout my CV to view my papers, research, and video productions. Contact me with any questions or comments on the Contact page.
University of Central Florida
Department of English
Theology, New Testament, Medieval Christianity
MA in English (Literary, Cultural and Textual Studies), 2021 - University of Central Florida
BA in Humanities (Classical) with Minor in Cinema Studies, 2015 - University of Central Florida
LIT 6936: Studies in Literary, Cultural, and Textual Theory: Biblical Hermeneutics.
HUM 3552: Christian Thought.
REL 3403: Christianity.
REL 3363: Islam.
REL 3115: Religion, Spirituality, and Popular Music.
PHI 3200: Medieval Philosophy.
Graduate and Upper-Level
LIT 6936: Studies in Literary, Cultural, and Textual Theory: Queer Theory.
LIT 6936: Studies in Literary, Cultural, and Textual Theory: Sound and the Materiality of Romantic Poetry.
LIT 6936: Studies in Literary, Cultural, and Textual Theory: Legend and Literature of King Arthur.
LIT 6276: Teaching College Literature.
LIT 6216: Issues in Literary Studies: The Lost Generation.
LIT 6076: Studies in Contemporary Nonfiction.
ENG 6950: Capstone Course.
ENG 6078: Contemporary Movements in Literary, Cultural, and Textual Theory.
ENG 5009: Methods of Bibliography and Research.
LIN 5137: Linguistics.
HUM 4933: Senior Research Seminar.
HUM 4301: The Classical Ideal
"From Jesus to Martin Luther: A History of Christian Anti-Judaism." English Graduate Symposium, University of Central Florida, April 6, 2020. (Link to Conference Abstract, Link to Conference Paper)
"Religion in Hip-Hop: The Five-Percent Nation and the Nation of Islam." Conference on Arts and the Humanities, University of Central Florida, April 22, 2015. (Link to Conference Paper)
"Hermeneutics of Hate: How Martin Luther's Rhetorical Manipulation of the Greek Bible Led to His Anti-Judaic Treatise On the Jews and Their Lies." English MA Thesis, University of Central Florida.
Awards and Honors
University of Central Florida, President's Honor Roll, 2015.
University of Central Florida, "I Love UCF" 2013 Video Contest Scholarship: $500, 2013.
(Link to "I Love UCF" Entry)
Educational Video Production (UCF)
"The Mogao Caves: The Thousand Buddha Grottoes." College of Arts and Humanities, University of Central Florida, 2016.
"Hong Kong: The Cultural Hub of the East." College of Arts and Humanities, University of Central Florida, 2014.
I have been interested in religion—primarily Christianity—my entire life. While I’m sure many make the same claim, I attended the same Christian school, Faith Christian Academy, from kindergarten to high school graduation. However, it was not until college that I decided to pursue an academic interest in Christianity. While pursuing my undergraduate degree in Humanities, I enrolled in every religion class offered for my major from Christianity to Medieval Philosophy to Religion, Spirituality, and Popular Music.
While it may seem peculiar to pursue a master’s degree in English with an interest Christianity, the Christian Bible—primarily the King James Version of the Bible—has had a profound impact on English literature (to put it lightly). Not only has Christianity and the Christian Bible impacted English literature, but the way we have interpreted the Bible has impacted secular theory as well. Even still, classes like the Legend and Literature of King Arthur and Studies in Literary, Cultural, and Textual Theory: Biblical Hermeneutics allowed me to continue my academic pursuit of religious studies in an interdisciplinary environment.
Combining my research in Christianity and my pursuit of a master’s degree in English, I decided to write my thesis on how Martin Luther, the hero reformer, using rhetorical manipulation, created his anti-Judaic treatise On the Jews and Their Lies. Though Luther nor the Greek Bible are written in English, I theorized that Luther’s hermeneutical process is universal and applicable outside of Christian hermeneutics.
Please contact me at my personal email or my school email with any questions.
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