Petr Budrin

2nd Year DPhil, Clarendon Scholar
B.A. (Hons) in Journalism, Moscow State University
M.A. in Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Toronto


The subject of my thesis is the reception of Laurence Sterne, an eighteenth-century English writer and clergyman, in Russian culture of the two post-revolutionary decades. In the early 1920s Viktor Shklovsky, one of the founders of the formal method in literary criticism, proclaimed Sterne to be an ’utmost revolutionary of form’ and a forerunner of avant-garde art. In the 1930s, when Formalism in Russia was de facto forbidden, interest in Sterne persisted; during Stalin’s reign of terror Sterne was translated, studied, and published with enormous print runs. In my thesis I would like to explore the role Tristram Shandy and A Sentimental Journey played in the intellectual culture of the 1920s and the 1930s. For my analysis I will use the archival materials I unearthed in Moscow and St. Petersburg. These include manuscripts of translations, unpublished articles and illustrations, along with the personal correspondence of Laurence Sterne scholars.  

  • Hilary 2018: Russian Literature for Russian Ab Initio, Faculty of Modern Languages
  • Teaching Assistant, SLA 430H1S Advanced Writing (Russian), University of Toronto, Slavic Languages and Literatures, 2016
  • Review of Ksenia Atarova’s “Lorens Stern: Zhizn’ i tvorchestvo”, The Shandean: An Annual Volume Devoted to Laurence Sterne and His Works, Vol. 25, 2015: 164-167.  
  • ‘Pushkin Reads Sterne’, The Shandean: An Annual Volume Devoted to Laurence Sterne and His Works, Vol. 24, 2014: 93-103.  
  • ‘”Сентиментальное путешествие” Л. Стерна в советских переводах 1930-х годов’ (The 1930s Translations of A Sentimental Journey), Текстология и историко-литературный процесс. Сборник статей. IV, Moscow State University (2016). 141-158.  
  • ‘«Насмешка просвещения над собственной ограниченностью»: Лоренс Стерн и философ-марксист 1930-х годов’ ( ‘The Enlightenment Mocking its Own Limitations’: Laurence Sterne and a Marxist Philosopher of the 1930s), Русская филология: сборник научных работ молодых филологов. 27, Tartu University Press (2016). 219-229.  
  • ‘Лоренс Стерн и “философия простоты” Ивана Мартынова’ (Laurence Sterne and Ivan Martinov’s Philosophy of “Simplicity”), Studia Slavica XIII, Tallinn University (2015): 11-26.  
Conference and Seminar Papers (Selected)
  • 2018, April 13-16, BASEES 2018 Annual Conference,  Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge (‘Not About Love: Viktor Shklovsky’s Zoo and Laurence Sterne’s A Sentimental Journey’).
  • 2018, March 18-21, ‘Alas, Poor Yorick!’: A Sterne 250-Year Anniversary Conference,  Jesus College, University of Cambridge (‘The Shadow of Eliza in A Sentimental Journey’).
  • 2017, October 26-28, The 2nd International Laurence Sterne Foundation Conference, Kazimierz Wielki University, Bydgoszcz, Poland (‘The First Russian Illustrator of A Sentimental Journey’).
  • 2017, March 31 — April 2, BASEES 2017 Annual Conference, Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge. (‘Stepan Babukh: Worker, Revolutionary, and Laurence Sterne Scholar’).
  • 2016, September 29 — October 2, World Literature as a Soviet Cultural Project, HSE Moscow. (‘The Turning Point: Laurence Sterne and the Soviet State’ [in Russian])
  • 2016, April 15–16: Identity and Cooperation. International Graduate Student Conference in Slavic Studies, University of Toronto (‘A Sternean Episode in the Life of Ivan Martynov (1771-1833)’)   
  • 2015, November 5-7, The 1st International Laurence Sterne Foundation Conference, Northumbria University, Newcastle (‘“Fates of People Reflect the Sense or Nonsense of History”: Laurence Sterne and Soviet Literary Scholars of the 1930s’)   
  • 2015, April 24–26, The International Conference of Young Philologists, University of Tartu, Estonia (“OPOJAZ, Maxim Gorkii, Laurence Sterne’ [in Russian])
  • 2015, January 6-8, BSECS 44th Annual Conference, St Hugh’s College, Oxford (‘«Laurence Sterne and the First Russian Revolutionaries’)  
  • 2014, July 23-24, BSECS Postgradute Conference, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice (‘Ivan Martinov : a Sternean in Late Eighteenth-Century Russian Empire’)  
  • 2014, May 16-17, Between Servitude and Service. Image of a Slave in Slavic Culture, University of Warsaw (‘”…some unknown Spring only sufferd to act within us, when, we are thus in the house of Bondage”: Laurence Sterne and Nikolai Bestuzhev’)   
  • 2013, July 7–11, Laurence Sterne: The Tercentenary Conference, Royal Holloway, University of London (‘Pushkin reads Sterne’)   
  • 2013, April 8–12, Lomonosov International Student and Postgraduate and Conference, Moscow State University (‘Sternean influence in Herman Melville’s Moby Dick’ [in Russian])
Organizational Roles
  • 2016-present: Academic Representative of the MCR, Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford
  • 2017: Co-organizer: Lady Margaret Hall Research Fair, Oxford
  • 2017: Panel Organizer and Chair ‘Anglophilia Forever: Laurence Sterne, Charlotte Brontë, Conan Doyle and Russian. Everyday Life, BASEES 2017 Annual Conference, Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge
  • 2018: Panel co-organizer ‘New Approaches to Russian Émigré Literature’ BASEES 2018 Annual Conference, Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge 
  • International Laurence Sterne Foundation (ILSF)
  • British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (BSECS)  
  • Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (CSECS)
  • British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies (BASEES)
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