DSc in Philology

Professor at the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages, Oxford University (Oxford, Great Britain).

MA Advisor, Moscow School for the Social and Economic Sciences (Moscow, Russia).

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ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9804-229X

Research interests:

History of Russian state ideology; Russian literature of the 18th–19th centuries; international relations of Russian literature; works by G.R. Derzhavin, K.N. Batyushkov, N.M. Karamzin.

Organizational activities:

Member of the editorial board of the journals “New Literary Review” (Russia), “Slavic Review” (USA), “Cahiers du Monde Russe” (France).

Fellow of the Russian Research Center, Harvard University (USA) (1992).

Teaching activities:

1993–2001 — Associate Professor at the Russian State University for the Humanities (Moscow); 1999 — Visiting Professor at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; 2000, 1995 — Visiting Professor at the Stanford University; 2003, 1999 — Visiting Professor at the Harvard University; 2001 — Visiting Professor at the University of New York; 2001 — Professor at the Russian State University for the Humanities (Moscow); 2004 — Professor at the Oxford University, UK.


Selected scientific publications


  • On the Periphery of Europe: The Self-Invention of the Russian Elite, 1762–1825. Northern Illinois University Press, 2018. 242 p. (In collaboration with Andreas Schönle). (In English)
  • Feeding the Two-headed Eagle... Literature and State Ideology in Russia in the Last Third of the 18th – first third of the 19th century. Moscow, NLO Publ., 2001. 416 p. (In Russ.)
  • Where the Pheasant Sits: Sketches of Recent Years. Moscow, NLO Publ., 2003. 224 p. (In Russ.)



  • “Smile of Natasha Rostova: ‘War and Peace’ in an Intertextual and Biographical Perspective.” Shagi / Steps, vol. 5, no. 2, 2019, pp. 86–109. (In Russ.)
  • “Emperor or Prince (Commentator’s vignette).” AZ Essays in Honor of Alexander Zholkovsky, ed. by Dennis Ioffe, Marcus Levitt, Joe Peschio, Igor Pilschikov. Boston, Academic Studies Press, 2018, pp. 654–660. (In Russ.)
  • “G.M. HAMBURG. Russia’s Path toward Enlightenment: Faith, Politics, and Reason, 1500–1801. (Review).” The American Historical Review, vol. 123, issue 3, 2018, pp. 1045–1046. (In English)
  • “Karamzin and Money.” Cahiers du monde russe, vol. 59, no. 1, 2018, pp. 217–240. (Co-authored by Elena Korchmina) (In English)
  • “Feeling across Borders: The Europeanization of Russian Nobility through Emotional Patterns.” Enlightenment Cosmopolitanism, ed. by David Adams and Galin Tikhanov. Oxford, Legenda, 2011, pp. 31–45. (In English)
  • “Lydia Ginzburg. An Attempt of ‘Reconciliation with Reality’.” Novoe literaturnoe obozrenie, no. 101, 2010, pp. 67–84. (In Russ.)
  • “Seduction à la Rousseau.” Europe in Russia, ed. by P. Pesonen, G. Obatnin, T. Hutunen. Moscow, NLO Publ., 2010, pp. 64–104. (In Russ.)
  • “The Perception of Emotional Coldness in Andrei Turgenev’s Diaries.” Slavic Review, vol. 68, no. 2 (Summer), 2009, pp. 238–258. (In English)
  • “Distribution of Roles (M.L. Gasparov as a Poet).” Novoe literaturnoe obozrenie, no. 82, 2006, pp. 296–300. (In Russ.)
  • “Lotman's Karamzin and Late Soviet Liberal Intelligentsia.” Lotman and Cultural Studies: Encounters and Extensions. University of Wisconsin Press, 2006, pp. 208–226. (In English)
  • “The Concept of ‘Literary Experience’ and the Construction of a Psychological Proto-narrative.” Istoriia i povestvovanie = History and Narration. Slavica Helsingiensa. Helsinki, Moscow, NLO Publ., 2006, pp. 12–26. (In Russ.)
  • “A Rare Thing. The Scandal in the St. Petersburg Theater at the Time of the French Revolution.” Novoe literaturnoe obozrenie, no. 80, 2006, pp. 91–110. (In Russ.) (Abridged English version: “Catherine II Versus Beaumarchais: The Scandal at the St. Petersburg Court at the Time of the French Revolution.” Russia and The West. Missed Opportunities. Unfulfilled Dialogues. Brussels, 2006, pp. 47–54).