Dr Muireann Maguire

Senior Lecturer in Russian

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Muireann Maguire is Senior Lecturer in Russian at the University of Exeter. She is Principal Investigator on the ERC-funded Horizon 2020 project 'RusTRANS: The Dark Side of Translation: 20th and 21st Century Translation from Russian as a Political Phenomenon in the UK, Ireland, and the USA,' grant agreement no. 802437. This project, which is active until December 2023, explores the dynamics of Russian-English literary translation through a series of historical and/or contemporary case studies.

Dr Maguire's other research interests include gender studies, specifically the depiction of pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding in Russian and Western literature; her book Hideous Agonies: Myths of Maternity in Russian and Comparative Literature is in progress. She is a member of the University of Exeter's new Centre for Classical Reception and is working on an article on classical reception among Lev Tolstoy's literary contemporaries. She maintians an interest in contemporary Russian literature, in particular the fiction of Vladimir Sharov and Evgenii Vodolazkin; she has recently published articles/book chapters on both.

Another current book project, with Open Book Publishers, is an edited volume called Reading Backwards: An Advance Retrospective on Russian Literature, based on the idea of "anticipatory plagiarism" as applied to Russian literature and previously explored at this conference, organized by Dr Maguire. 

She has taught courses on nineteenth- and twentieth-century Russian literature and on comparative literature. Her book Stalin’s Ghosts: Gothic Themes in Early Soviet Literature (Peter Lang, 2012) examines the unexpected interaction between Soviet Socialist Realism and the European Gothic tradition. Other publications are listed below. Dr Maguire is also active as a freelance translator from Russian to English: a collection of Russian twentieth-century ghost stories, Red Spectres, was published in 2012. She is currently working on a sequel to this, White Magic, with publisher Russian Life.

Other publications include:

  • 'Aleksei N. Tolstoi and the Enigmatic Engineer: A Case of Vicarious Revisionism', Slavic Review (72:2, Summer 2013)
  • 'The Wizard in the Tower: Iakov Brius and the Representation of Alchemists in Russian Literature', Slavonic and East European Review (90:3, July 2012), pp. 401-427.
  • 'Crime and Publishing: How Dostoevskii Changed the British Murder', chapter in A People Passing Rude: British Responses to Russian Culture, ed. Anthony Cross (Cambridge: Open Book Publishers, 2012).
  • ‘Ghostwritten: Reading Spiritualism and Feminism in the Works of Rachilde and Vera Kryzhanovskaia-Rochester’, Modern Language Review (106: 2, 2011), pp. 313-332.
  • ‘Post-Lamarckian Prodigies: Evolutionary Biology in Soviet Science Fiction’, New Zealand Slavonic Journal (43: 2009), pp. 23-54.
  • ‘A “dreadful predilection”: The Gothic-Fantastic in Soviet Socialist Realist Literature’, Gothic Studies (13:1, May 2011), pp. 75-94.
  • ‘“Kto umeet zhit’ obmanom”: Wizards and Diviners in Late Eighteenth-Century Russian Theatre’, Study Group on Eighteenth-Century Russia Newsletter No. 34 (July 2006).
  • Articles on ‘Russian Gothic’ and ‘Sigizmund Krzhizhanovskii’ for the online Literary Encyclopedia (www.litencyc.com).


She has co-edited a special issue of Studies in East European Thought (63:2, 2011), 'Russia on Edge: Reclaiming the Periphery in Contemporary Russian Culture'. Dr Maguire regularly reviews for Modern Language Review and the TLS, amongst other publications.