Richard Todd

Richard Todd has been Professor of post-1500 British literature at the University of Leiden, The Netherlands, since 2004, although he took part-time early retirement in 2011 (See profile). Prior to that, he taught at the VU University of Amsterdam from 1977. A Londoner by birth and upbringing, he emigrated to The Netherlands 35 years ago, having studied English language and Literature at University College London, where he obtained his BA in 1973 and his PhD in 1977. He has two major fields of compelling interest: sixteenth- and seventeenth-century British literature; and contemporary (post-ca. 1980) British and �Booker-eligible� fiction, particularly in recent years the contemporary book trade. His PhD on George Herbert was published in commercial form as The Opacity of Signs: Acts of Interpretation in George Herbert�s The Temple (Columbia, MO: U of Missouri Press, 1986). He has also published two monographs on Iris Murdoch (1979 and 1984) and well as one on A.S. Byatt in the Writers and their Work series (1997). In 1996 he published Consuming Fictions: The Booker Prize and Fiction in Britain Today (London: Bloomsbury, 1996). In 1988-89 he was appointed Visiting Netherlands Professor at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, and in 1994-95 he returned to UCL as a Visiting Research Scholar. During the academic years 1984-85 and 1998-99 he was one of a cohort of 40 or so Research Scholars at The Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (NIAS), at Wassenaar, near The Hague. For a number of years he has been involved with The Variorum Edition of the Poetry of John Donne (8 vols; Bloomington: Indiana UP, 1995- ) as assistant textual editor to the forthcoming �Songs and Sonnets� volume, vol. 4, which will appear in three parts, it is hoped in 2013 or 2014. In this capacity he has contributed to the Oxford Handbook of John Donne (OUP, 2011).