Professor Katharine Hodgson


Developing students' interest in the culture, history, and language of Russia is at the centre of my approach to teaching. Teaching the language not only gives me the opportunity to help students prepare for their encounters with contemporary Russia, but to prepare them to encounter Russian literary texts, where the language is pushed to its limits, and which reflect and shape the preoccuptions of the Russian mental universe.

Research has informed, and continues to inform my teaching of Russian studies modules. A final-year historical module on the Stalin era developed out of my interest in the interconnection of the cultural, social and political aspects of Soviet life in the 1930s and 1940s, which underpinned both my doctoral research on poetry of World War Two, and subsequent work on the Leningrad poet Olga Berggolts. A first-year historical module on the development of Russian national identity and the role of imperial expansion in creating such an identity grew out of current research on ways in which post-Soviet concerns over Russian identity have been expressed in approaches to twentieth-century poetry, especially poetry which can be identified as playing a significant role in supporting national identity.

Modules taught