Portrait of Dr Todd Andrew Borlik Dr Todd Andrew Borlik

T.Borlik@hud.ac.uk | 01484 473559


Todd Andrew Borlik studied English Literature at Washington University in St. Louis and Keble College, Oxford, before earning his doctorate from the University of Washington in Seattle. After five years as an Assistant Professor at Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania, Todd joined the English staff at Huddersfield as a Lecturer in 2014.

Todd is the author of Ecocriticism and Early Modern English Literature (Routledge, 2011) and over a dozen scholarly articles in publications such as Shakespeare Quarterly, Shakespeare Survey, Shakespeare Bulletin and the Shakespearean International Yearbook. His monograph on ‘Caliban and the Fen Demons of Lincolnshire’ has been flagged as one of the ‘most read’ articles in the British Shakespeare Association’s journal.

In his spare time, Todd collects vinyl (mostly Beethoven and Blue Note), attempts to learn Japanese, hoofs about the English countryside, and watches Buster Keaton movies with his two boys.

Research and Scholarship

Todd’s research aims to unfurl the vexed place of the natural world in the writings of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. He is currently at work on a Documentary Companion to the Natural History of Early Modern England and a comparative study on the staging of nature at the Rose and Globe. Other interests include Repertory Studies, Global Shakespeares, Shakespeare and Film, Magic and Science, Bio-ethics and Post-humanism.

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Borlik, T (2017) ‘Post-Human Hamlets: Ghosts in the Machine’. In: Shakespeare's Hamlet in an Era of Textual Exhaustion. : Routledge. pp. 29-45. ISBN 9781138291270

Borlik, T (2017) ‘Magic as Technological Dominion: Hydragogy and the Draining of the Fens in Ben Jonson's The Devil is an AssNeophilologus . ISSN 0028-2677

Borlik, T (2017) ‘Shakespeare's Insect Theatre: Fairy Lore as Elizabethan Folk Entomology’. In: Performing Animals: History, Agency, Theater. Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania State University Press. . ISBN 9780271078342

Borlik, T (2017) ‘Review of Measure for Measure (directed by Yukio Ninagawa), Sainokuni Shakespeare CompanyShakespeare Bulletin , 35 (1), pp. 135-142. ISSN 0748-2558


Borlik, T. and Egan, C. (2016) ‘'Angling for the Powte: The Authorship, Provenance, and Manuscripts of a Jacobean Environmental Protest Poem'English Literary Renaissance . ISSN 0013-8312

Borlik, T (2016) ‘'Uncolting Falstaff: The Oats Complex and Energy Usage in 1 Henry IV'Shakespeare Jahrbuch .

Borlik, T (2016) ‘Hellish Falls: Faustus’s Dismemberment, Phaeton’s Limbs and Other Renaissance Aviation Disasters – Part IEnglish Studies , 97 (3), pp. 254-276. ISSN 0013-838X

Borlik, T (2016) ‘Hellish Falls: Faustus’s Dismemberment, Phaeton’s Limbs and Other Renaissance Aviation Disasters – Part IIEnglish Studies , 97 (4), pp. 351-361. ISSN 0013-838X

Borlik, T (2016) ‘Unheard Harmonies: The Merchant of Venice and the Lost Play of PythagorasMedieval and Renaissance Drama in England , 29, pp. 191-224. ISSN 0731-3403


Borlik, T (2015) ‘“Shakespeare’s Mulberry Tree: Ecomaterialism and ‘Living On.’”Shakespearean International Yearbook , 15, pp. 123-145. ISSN 1465-5098

Borlik, T (2015) ‘A Possible Allusion by Middleton to Shakespeare's Death?Notes and Queries , 62 (1), pp. 130-133. ISSN 0029-3970


Borlik, T (2014) ‘Stellifying Shakespeare: Celestial Imperialism and the Advent of Universal GeniusShakespeare in Southern Africa , 26, pp. 1-12. ISSN 1011-582X


Borlik, T (2013) ‘'Reading Hamlet Upside Down: The Shakespeare Criticism of Natsume Soseki'Shakespeare: Journal of the British Shakespeare Association , 9 (4), pp. 383-403. ISSN 1745-0918

Borlik, T (2013) ‘'Caliban and the Fen Demons of Lincolnshire: The Englishness of Shakespeare's Tempest'Shakespeare: Journal of the British Shakespeare Association , 9 (1), pp. 21-51. ISSN 1745-0918


Borlik, T (2012) ‘"The Specter of Female Suffrage in Shakespeare's Revelations by Shakespeare's Spirit"Shakespeare Survey , 65, pp. 337-344. ISSN 0080-9152

Borlik, T (2012) ‘"The Way to Study Death: New Light on a Variant in F2 Macbeth"Explicator , 70 (2), pp. 144-148. ISSN 0014-4940


Borlik, T (2011) ‘'A Season in Intercultural Limbo: Ninagawa Yukio's Doctor Faustus--Theatre Cocoon, Tokyo'Shakespeare Quarterly , 62 (3), pp. 444-456. ISSN 0037-3222

Borlik, T (2011) ‘"Cori Spezzati and the Echo Scene in Duchess of Malfi"Notes & Queries , 58 (2), pp. 289-292.


Borlik, T (2009) ‘"Chameleon's Dish: Shakespeare and the Omnivore's Dilemma"Early Modern Studies Journal , 2, pp. 1-25.


Borlik, T (2007) ‘"'Painting of a Sorrow': Visual Culture and the Performance of Stasis in David Garrick's Hamlet"Shakespeare Bulletin , 25 (1), pp. 3-32. ISSN 0748-2558

Research Degree Supervision

Todd would be happy to hear from research students (MA, PhD) interested in any aspects of English Renaissance Literature, and especially those planning a thesis on Shakespeare and the environmental humanities