Professor Janet Todd is an internationally-renowned scholar of early women writers and the author of many critical works on subjects ranging from working-class poets, hymn writers and Restoration tricksters to Rousseau, the Marquis de Sade and gothic cinema. Most recently Professor Todd has written four biographies, one concerning Aphra Behn, a celebrated author in the reign of Charles II, and three linked ones on the early feminist Mary Wollstonecraft, her daughter, and her aristocratic Irish pupil.
Janet Todd is also the General Editor of the 9-volume Cambridge Edition of the Works of Jane Austen. This first modern, fully annotated edition of the works of Jane Austen published complete in nine volumes. Six volumes on the published novels - Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion - are accompanied by two devoted to Austen's manuscripts, her brilliant juvenile writing, and the unpublished work of her adulthood. Each is edited by leading Austen scholars, and includes comprehensive information on the circumstances of the creation and publication of the work concerned, and its critical reception, together with textual and explanatory notes. To complete the set Jane Austen in Context offers a wide range of essays illuminating Austen's life, work and times. Together these volumes complete the picture - as far as we now have it - of the work of one of the greatest, as well as best-loved, British novelists.
Professor Todd has taught in Africa, the US and Puerto Rico as well as England and Scotland. At the University of East Anglia, together with Lorna Sage, she began the MA in life-writing and at the University of Aberdeen, where she remains the Herbert J.C. Grierson Chair in English Literature, she was instrumental in setting up the Centre for the Novel.
Read an interview with Professor Janet Tood, published in The Guardian on 21 March 2006.
Read a review by Professor Todd of books by Umberto Eco and Orhan Pamuk, or a review of 'A Force to Be Reckoned With: A History of the Women's Institute by Jane Robinson both published in The Guardian.
Books since 1980
Women's Friendship in Literature (a study of the novel from Richardson and Rousseau to Austen and Sade) (Columbia University Press, 1980, repr. 1984, 1992)
English Congregational Hymns in the Eighteenth Century; their purpose and design(Watts to Cowper), co-authored with M. Marshall (Lexington: University of Kentucky Press, 1983)
Sensibility: an Introduction (London: Methuen, 1986)
Feminist Literary History (Cambridge: Polity Press and New York: Routledge, 1988)
The Sign of Angellica: woman, writing and fiction 1660-1800 (London: Virago, 1989; New York: Columbia University Press, 1990, pap. 1992)
Gender,Art and Death (Cambridge: Polity Press, 1993)
The Secret Life of Aphra Behn (London: André Deutsch, 1996; Rutgers University Press, 1997; Pandora and New York University Press, 1999)
The Critical Fortunes of Aphra Behn (New York: Boydell and Brewster, 1998)
The Revolutionary Life of Mary Wollstonecraft (London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson; New York: Columbia University Press, 2000; paperback Phoenix Press 2001)
Rebel Daughters: Ireland in Conflict Viking 2003; as part of Daughters of Ireland (New York: Ballantine Books, 2004)
Cambridge Introduction to Jane Austen (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006)
Death and the Maidens: Fanny Wollstonecraft and the Shelley Circle (London: Profile Books; New York: Basic Books, 2007)
Editions since 1990
The Complete Works of Mary Wollstonecraft (7 vols., with Marilyn Butler; London: Pickering and Chatto and New York University Press, 1990)
Wollstonecraft, Mary, Mary, A Fiction and Maria; Mary Shelley, Matilda (London: Pickering and Chatto, 1991; Penguin, 1992)
Oroonoko, The Rover and other works (Penguin, 1992)
The Complete Works of Aphra Behn (7 vols., London: Pickering and Chatto; Ohio State University Press, 1992-6)
The Poetry of Aphra Behn (New York University Press, 1996)
Love-Letters between a Nobleman and his Sister (Penguin, 1996)
The Political Writings of Mary Wollstonecraft (London: Pickering and Chatto; Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1993; Oxford University Press, 1994
Counterfeit Ladies: Mol Cutpurse and Mary Carleton (with Elizabeth Spearing) (Pickering and Chatto and New York University Press, 1994)
Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility (Everyman, 1997)
Jane Austen's Love and Friendship (Everyman, 1997)
Charlotte Smith's Desmond(with Antje Blank) (Pickering and Chatto, 1997; Broadview 2001).
The Complete Letters of Mary Wollstonecraft (Penguin, 2003)
Aphra Behn's Oroonoko (Penguin, 2003)
The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Jane Austen 2005-8 (General Editor) ,
Editor of Jane Austen in Context and joint editor (with Antje Blank) of Persuasion (2006) and with Linda Bree of Manuscript Works (2008)
Edited Collections since 1990
An Anthology of British Women Writers (with Dale Spender, London: Pandora, 1989; paperback, 1990)
Preface to reissue of B.G.MacCarthy's The Female Pen (originally publ. 1944-7; Cork: Cork University Press, 1994)
Aphra Behn Studies (Cambridge University Press, 1996)
Cambridge Companion to Aphra Behn (co-edited with Derek Hughes, Cambridge University Press, 2004)
Co-edited special issues of Women's Writing on Mary Shelley and Mary Wollstonecraft, (2001 - 2)
Selected Articles since 1990
"Life after sex: Delarivier Manley as satirist", Last Laughs, ed. G. Barreca (New York, 1990)
"Jane Austen, Politics and Sensibility", Feminist Criticism: Theory and Practice, ed. S. Sellers (London: Harvester Wheatsheaf, 1991)
"Rebellions Antidote: A New Attribution to Aphra Behn" (with V. Crompton) Notes and Queries (June 1991)
"Feminist Criticism", The Messenger, 1992.
"Burke, and Femininity", AEDEAN Revista, 1993
"Anglo-American Difference",Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature, December 1993.
"The Shee Spy " article (with F. McKee) in TLS September 10, 1993.
"'The hot brute drudges on'; ambiguities of desire in Aphra Behn's Love-Letters between a Nobleman and His Sister", Women's Writing ,1996
"Mary Wollstonecraft and Enlightened Desire," Wordsworth Circle, 1997
"'Pursue That Way of Fooling, and Be Damn'd"', Editing the Text ed. Marysa Demoor, Geert Lernout and Sylvia van Peteghem (Tilburg: Tilburg University Press, 1998), pp.7-17.
"Fatal Fluency: Behn's Fiction and the Restoration Letter," Eighteenth-Century Fiction, 2000
"Nerves and Mary Wollstonecraft" WVT Trier, 2000.
"Love-Letters and Critical History" Aphra Behn: Identity, Alterity, Ambiguity eds Mary Ann O'Donnell, Bernard Dhuicq, Guyonne Leduc (Paris: L'Harmattan, 2000)
"Mary Wollstonecraft's Letters" in Cambridge Companion to Mary Wollstonecraft ed. Claudia Johnson (Cambridge University Press, 2002)
"'Ascendancy: Lady Mount Cashell and the Union Pamphlets", Eighteenth-Century Ireland, 18 (2003), 98-117.
"Biography, suicide and Fanny Imlay", Comparative Criticism Spring 2004
"Austen and miniature painting" in Re-Drawing Austen: Picturesque Travels in Austenland ed. B. Battaglia and D Saglia, Boglogna, 2004.
"Ivory miniatures and the art of Jane Austen" in Women's Writing in Britain, 1660-1830: Authorship, History and Politics ed Cora Kaplan & Jennie Batchelor (Palgrave Macmillan 2005).
'Professions' in Repossessing the Romantic Past: Essays in Honour of Marilyn Butler, ed. Heather Glen and Paul Hamilton (Cambridge University Press 2006).
'The Anxiety of Emma' Persuasions no. 19, 2008, 15-25.
‘A query about Jane Austen,’ Notes & Queries, January 2012