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Professor Katharine Hodgson

Professor in Russian


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Telephone: 01392 724309

The main focus of my research is twentieth-century Russian poetry. I am particularly interested in exploring the complexities faced by writers during the Soviet period, and how attitudes towards the cultural legacy of the USSR have evolved since 1991. Between 2010 and 2013 I led an AHRC-funded project, 'Reconfiguring the Canon of Twentieth-Century Russian Poetry, 1991-2008', which has enabled me to explore with colleagues how the twentieth-century poetry canon has been revised in recent years. An edited volume,Twentieth-Century Russian Poetry: Reinventing the Canon, based on research carried out by scholars involved in the project, appeared in April 2017, and a book, written with my colleague at Edinburgh Dr Alexandra Smith, will be appearing in 2020.

I teach undergraduate modules across a wide range of Russian studies: alongside poetry by major nineteenth-century figures such as Pushkin and Lermontov I offer modules on aspects of Russian history, including the effects of Russia's imperial development on national identity, as well as teaching Russian language at all levels.