Gennady V. Obatnin



Associate Professor at the Department of Modern Languages, Department of Slavic Studies, University of Helsinki (Helsinki, Finland).

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Research Interests:

Russian history; history of Russian literature; Russian literary modernism; historical poetics; historical semantics.

Professional service

Member of the editorial board of the Small Academic Collected Works of Vyacheslav Ivanov (Pushkin House).

Member of the editorial board of the journal “Literaturnyi Fact” (Moscow).

Teaching activities:

Lecturer at the University of Helsinki (Finland).


Selected scientific publications

Selected Essays

  • “ʽThe Secret of Vyacheslav’ (From the History of Writers’ Interest in V. Ivanov).” Emigrantica et cetera: To the 60th Anniversary of Oleg Korostelev. Moscow, Dmitry Sechin Publ., 2020, pp. 100–134. (In Russ.)
  • “A Fragment from Reflections on the ‘Initialism’ of Russian Modernist Texts.” Modernités Russes, no. 18, 2019. Available at: (In Russ.)
  • “Revisiting Vyach. Ivanov and Russian Literary Tradition.” Intermezzo festoso. Liber amicorum in honorem Lea Pild: A Historical and Philological Collection in Honor of Lea Pild, Associate Professor of the Department of Russian Literature at the University of Tartu. Tartu, University of Tartu, 2019, pp. 205–215. (In Russ.)
  • “From the Literary Life of Educational Institutions (on the Example of the Psycho-Neurological Institute in St. Petersburg, 1908–1917).” Literaturnyi fakt, no. 9, 2018, pp. 124–169. (In Russ.)
  • “Vyach. Ivanov’s Record on E. Husserl's System.” Vyacheslav Ivanov: Research and materials, issue 3. Moscow, IWL RAS Publ., 2018, pp. 431–445. (In Russ.)
  • “Characterizing V.V. Borodaevsky’s Creative Career (Based on F.K. Sologub and the Chebotarevsky Sisters Collections).” Russkaia literatura, no. 4, 2017, pp. 194–212. (In Russ.)
  • “Toward the Study of Lesser Modernist Poets.” Scando-Slavica, vol. 62, no. 1, 2016, pp. 100–133. (In Russ.)
  • “Vyacheslav Ivanov on the ‘last times’.” Izvesstiia Rossiiskoi akademii nauk. Seriia literatury I iazyka, vol. 75, no. 6, 2016, pp. 24–35. (In Russ.)
  • “Maria Koudacheva et Romain Rolland: les origines de la rencontre.” Cahiers de Brèves, no. 34, 2014, pp. 18–22. (In French)
  • “Northern Love (in lieu of a Compiler’s Preface).” Russian Literature, vol. LXXI, no. II, 2012, pp. 123–142. (In Russ.)