Marina I. Shcherbakova


DSc in Philology,

Professor, Director of Research, Corresponding Member of the International Academy of Pedagogical Education Sciences

Head of the Research Center "Russian Literature and Christian Tradition", IWL RAS


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Graduated from the Philological Faculty of Lomonosov Moscow State University in 1976; in 1981, completed the postgraduate studies at Moscow State University in the Department of Russian Literature.

PhD thesis:

The novel “Resurrection” by Leo Tolstoy. Genre innovation and the problem of tradition (1982)

DSc thesis:

The prose by Sergey Maksimov. Textology and issues of poetics (1997)

Professional service

Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the academic edition of Leo Tolstoy’s Complete Works in 100 volumes.

Member of the Scientific Council of the Russian Academy of Sciences “History of World Culture” and chairwoman of Tolstoyan commission in the structure of the said council.

Member of the Academic Council of A. M. Gorky Institute of World Literature of the Russian Academy of Sciences (IWL RAS)

Editor-in-Chief of Gorky IWL RAS scientific journal “Two Centuries of the Russian Classics”

Member of the editorial boards of the scholarly collections: “Leo Tolstoy & of Leo Tolstoy”, “Tolstoyan Yearbook”, “Yasnaya Polyana compilation” and the Complete Works of Leo Tolstoy & Dmitry Pisarev.

Member of the dissertation council of A. M. Gorky Institute of World Literature of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Academic collaborations with the Slavic research group at the University of Ottawa (Canada), the Institute of Literature of the Vietnamese Academy of Sciences (Hanoi), and the Department of Philology of Istanbul University (Turkey).

Teaching experience:

Taught at Lenin Moscow State Pedagogical Institute (now called the MPGU) in the Department of Russian Literature at the Faculty of Philology from 1982 to 1998.


2004 – Mikhail Lermontov Medal “for personal contribution to the multinational culture of the Russian Federation and to strengthening Russian statehood” (for the 190th anniversary of Mikhail Lermontov's birth).

2005 – Active Service Commemorative Medal (awardee as a foreign collaborator of the Slavic research group at the University of Ottawa, Canada).


Selected scientific publications


  • Letters from the Vysha. Theophanes the Recluse and his correspondents the Kugushevs. Moscow, Rossiiskii pisatel' Publ., 2018. 160 p. (In Russ.)
  • Textology. Introduction to Literary Studies: Textbook for Academic Bachelor's Degree. 3rd edition, revised & enlarged, ed. by L.M. Krupchanov. Moscow, Iurait Publ., 2016, pp. 118–177. (In Russ.)
  • Sergey Maksimov. An essay on creative work. Moscow, Prometei Publ., 1996. 200 p. (In Russ.)

Preparation for publication (compilation, scientific editing, commenting)

  • Dushanbe Almanac. Moscow, U Nikitskikh vorot Publ., 2017. 580 p. (In Russ.)
  • Literary interconnections of Russia in the 18th – 19th centuries. On the materials of Russian and foreign archives. Scientific almanac. Moscow, IWL RAS Publ., 2017. 302 p. (In Russ.)
  • Topical issues in the study of secular and spiritual literature. Moscow, IWL RAS Publ., 2017. 416 p. (In Russ.)
  • A true friend of the Russian classics. Ilya Repin, Leo Tolstoy, Ivan Aivazovsky and other contemporaries in the diaries and letters of Aleksandr Zhirkevich. Moscow, Khudozhestvennaya Literatura Publ., 2017. 592 p. (In Russ.)
  • On the threshold of Russian Palestine. A Chronicle of the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission. 1847–1854. Moscow, Russian Orthodox Ecclesiastical Mission Publ., IWL RAS Publ., 2017. 352 p. (In Russ.)
  • Chronicle of the life and works of Saint Theophanes, the Recluse of Vysha. 1815–1894: in 5 vols., vol. 1: 1815–1859. Moscow, Izdatel'stvo Moskovskoi Patriarkhii Russkoi Pravoslavnoi Tserkvi Publ., 2016. 928 p. (In Russ.)
  • Letters of Sergey Maksimov to Aleksey Bakhrushin. Russian Archive. Russian History in evidence and documents of the 18th – 20th centuries. Moscow, TRI TJe Publ., Russian Archive Publ., 1999, pp. 383–409. (In Russ.)
  • Ivan Aksakov and Nikolay Strakhov. Correspondence. Ottawa, Moscow, IWL RAS Publ., 2007. 192 p. (In Russ.)

Scopus / Web of Science publications

  • “Sevastopol Stories by L. N. Tolstoy as a Document of the Epoch.” Dva veka russkoi klassiki, vol. 5, no. 2, 2023, pp. 90–103. (In Russ.)
  • “Revelations Beneficial to our Hearts...”. About the Book ‘Vasily Zhukovsky in Historical and Literary Illumination. Aesthetics. Poetics. Traditions’ by Yuriy Mikhailovich Prozorov. (St. Petersburg, Polygraph Publ., 2017. 406 p.).ˮ Text. Book. Book Publishing, no. 19, 2019, pp. 126–137. (In Russ.)
  • ‟Russo-Canadian Tolstoyan Odyssey.ˮ Russkaia literatura, no. 3, 1999, pp. 232–233. (In Russ.)
  • “‘The House of the Dead’ and an Episode in the Novel ‘Resurrection’ (on Materials of Unpublished Manuscripts) .ˮ Filologicheskie nauki, no. 4, 1981, pp. 62–65. (In Russ.)

Selected Essays

  • ‟Memories by S.V. Maksimov about A.N. Ostrovsky: to the Prehistory of Memoirs.ˮVestnik Kostromskogo gosudarstvennogo universiteta, vol. 29, no. S, pp. 115–120. 
  • ‟Editorial foresight: Nicolay Nekrasov, Leo Tolstoy, Nicolay Strakhov.ˮ Vestnik Kostromskogo gosudarstvennogo universiteta, vol. 27, no. 2, 2021, pp. 91–95. (In Russ.) 
  • ‟Sermons of Innocent (Borisov), Archbishop of Kherson and Tauris, as a Factor in Keeping up the Spirit in the Crimean War of 1853–1856.ˮ Literature of Ancient Russia: Materials of the X All-Russian Conference "Ancient Russian Literature and its Traditions in Modern Literature", dedicated to the memory of Professor Nikolai Ivanovich Prokofiev: Collection of Scientific Articles. Moscow, MPGU Publ., 2019, pp. 360–372. (In Russ.)
  • ‟So that thought would fulfill the need for rest… The novel Hadji Murat, the short story After the Ball Russkaja slovesnost', vol. 4, no. 4, 2018, pp. 4–10. (In Russ.)
  • ‟Reefs of youth. Additions to the early biography of Nikolai Strakhov. Research result.ˮ Nauchnyj ezul'tat. Social'nye i gumanitarnye issledovanija, no. 4, 2018, pp. 4–10. (In Russ.)
  • ‟Northwest Russia in the memoirs and epistolary heritage of the family of the Zhirkevichs.ˮ Literary interconnections of Russia in the 18th – 19th centuries. On the Materials of Russian and Foreign Archives. Scientific Almanac. Moscow, IWL RAS Publ., 2017, pp. 153–189. (In Russ.)
  • ‟Archbishop St. Innocent (Borisov) – correspondent of archimandrite Antonin (Kapustin).ˮ Topical Issues in the Study of Secular and Spiritual Literature. Issue 1. Moscow, U Nikitskih vorot Publ., 2017, pp. 313–348. (In Russ.)
  • ‟The beginning of Russian Palestine.ˮ Topical Issues in the Study of Secular and Spiritual LiteratureIssue 1. Moscow, U Nikitskih vorot Publ., 2017, pp. 235–253. (In Russ.)
  • ‟Sophonia (Sokol’skiy), Archbishop of Turkestan and Tashkent, on his Pilgrimage to the Holy Land.ˮ Dushanbe Almanac. Moscow, U Nikitskih vorot Publ., 2017, pp. 437–448. (In Russ.)