Todd William

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William Mills Todd III

Harvard College Professor

Harry Tuchman Levin Research Professor of Literature and Research Professor of Comparative Literature


Research Fields: 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 Projects:
A book on the serialization of the Russian novel (1860s-80s)
Articles on Pushkin and on Russian literary and cultural theory.

Graduate Student Council Excellence in Mentoring Award, Harvard, 1999 Harvard College Professor, 2002 (an award for undergraduate teaching)
Awarded the A.S. Pushkin Medal for great services (velikie zaslugi) at the Taurida Palace in St. Petersburg June, 2003.
The American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages 2005 award for outstanding contribution to Scholarship.
The American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages 2015 award for outstanding contribution to the profession.

Education: Ph.D., Columbia, 1973; M.A., Oxford, 1968; A.B., 1966 Dartmouth

Selected Works: Discoveries and Advances in Literary Theory, 1960s-1980s:  Neoformalism, The Linguistic Model, and Beyond (2011).The Ruse of the Russian Novel (2006); Dostoevsky As A Professional Writer (2003); Sovremennoe amerikanskoe Pushkinovedenie: Sbornik Statei (1999);
Soviet Sociology of Literature: Conceptions of a Changing World (1990); Fiction and Society in the Age of Pushkin: Ideology, Institutions, Narrative (1986, Russian transl 1996.); Literature and Society in Imperial Russia: 1800-1914 (1978); The Familiar Letter as a Literary Genre in the Age of Pushkin (1976, Russian transl. 1995)