William Mills Todd III

William
Mills
Todd III

Harvard College Professor / Harry Tuchman Levin Professor of Literature / Professor of Comparative Literature, Harvard University

Executive Committee,
Faculty Associate

William Mills Todd III is Harvard College Professor and Harry Tuchman Levin Professor of Literature at Harvard; he teaches in the Slavic and Comparative Literature Departments. He was educated at Dartmouth College, Oxford, and Columbia University. He has published many articles on Russian literature of the post-medieval period, on literary theory, and on the sociology of literature. He has edited several multi-author volumes and written The Familiar Letter as a Literary Genre in the Age of Pushkin and Fiction and Society in the Age of Pushkin: Ideology, Institutions, Narrative. These books have also appeared in Russian translation, as has an edited volume of American Pushkin studies.

Expertise
Narrative and cultural studies;
Russian, English, and French literature of the eighteenth to twentieth centuries;
Russian fiction and social history;
literary sociology;
semiotics;
Pushkin and Dostoevsky.
Current Project
The Serialization of the Russian Novel (1860s–80s); Russian Literary and Cultural Theory

Education

Ph.D.
, Russian Literature
, Columbia University
Selected Publications

Sovremennoe amerikanskoe pushkinovedenie: Sbornik statei (St. Petersburg, 1999).

The Familiar Letter as a Literary Genre in the Age of Pushkin (1976, Russian transl. 1995).

Fiction and Society in the Age of Pushkin: Ideology, Institutions, Narrative (1986, Russian translation 1996).

Soviet Sociology of Literature: Conceptions of a Changing World (1990).

Telephone
617-495-1997