John Haffenden

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Professor John Haffenden FBA FRSL is Emeritus Professor of English Literature at the University of Sheffield.[1]

Education and positions held[edit]

A graduate of Trinity College, Dublin (B.A., 1st class, in English Language and Literature: Richard F. Littledale Prize), where he edited Icarus, he was supervised for his doctorate at St Peter's College, Oxford by Richard Ellmann. He was for two years a Lecturer in English and Liberal Studies, Oxford College of Further Education, before teaching at the University of Exeter, 1973–74.

A member of staff at the University of Sheffield since 1975, he was made Reader in 1988 and promoted to a Personal Chair in 1994. He was Visiting Lecturer, Peking University, Beijing, China, 1984; Guest Lecturer at the 50th Anniversary Conference of "Xinan Lienda" (National Southwest Associated University), Kunming, China, 1988.

He was a British Academy Research Reader, 1989–91; Leverhulme Research Fellow, 1995–96.

He has been a Fellow of the Yaddo Foundation, 1975; Visiting Fellow Commoner, Trinity College, Cambridge, 1995–96; Visiting Scholar, St John's College, Oxford, 1997; Visiting Fellow, Magdalen College, Oxford 1998.

He is a Member of the Society of Authors; a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature; Fellow of the English Association; and Fellow of the British Academy.

Since 2009 he is Senior Research Fellow of the Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London; Principal Investigator of the T.S.Eliot Editorial Research Project, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, 2009–14; General Editor of the Letters of T.S.Eliot.


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Editor (with Valerie Eliot):


  1. ^ Murdoch, Iris (2003). From a Tiny Corner in the House of Fiction: Conversations with Iris Murdoch. Univ of South Carolina Press. p. 124. ISBN 9781570034992. Retrieved 19 June 2015.