Ritchie Robertson is a Professor of German at Oxford University and a Fellow and Tutor of St John's College, Oxford. He was born in Nairn (Scotland) in 1952 and educated at the universities of Edinburgh and Oxford. His books include Kafka: Judaism, Politics, and Literature (1985); Heine, in the series Jewish Thinkers (1988), The ‘Jewish Question’ in German Literature, 1749-1939: Emancipation and its Discontents (1999); Kafka: A Very Short Introduction (2004); and Mock-Epic Poetry from Pope to Heine (2009). He has edited The Cambridge Companion to Thomas Mann (2002) and, with Katrin Kohl, a History of Austrian Literature 1918-2000 (2006). His translations from German include Hoffmann’s The Golden Pot and Other Tales (1992), Heine’s Selected Prose (1993), Moritz’s Anton Reiser (1997), and the majority of the texts in The German-Jewish Dialogue: An Anthology of Literary Texts, 1749-1993 (1999). He was co-editor of the yearbook Austrian Studies from 1990 to 1999 and has been Germanic Editor of the Modern Language Review since 2000. He is co-director (with Katrin Kohl and Carolin Duttlinger) of the Oxford Kafka Research Centre. He was elected to the British Academy in 2004.