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Childhood in Russia 1890-1991 : A Social and Cultural History






Ø Catriona Kelly

1.                   Children’s World: Growing Up in Russia, 1890-1991 (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2007).             

2.         Comrade Pavlik: The Rise and Fall of a Soviet Boy Hero (London: Granta, 2005, paperback edition June 2006; a translation into Russian is being prepared for Novoe literaturnoe obozrenie publishers, Moscow, 2007). For a description of this book’s contents, information on Pavlik Morozov, and access to an inventory of the secret police file on his murder, click here.

3.                   ‘“Malen’kie grazhdane bol’shoi strany”: internationalizm, deti i sovetskaya propaganda’, Novoe literaturnoe obozrenie 60 (2003), 218-51.  (also as: The Little Citizens of a Big Country: Childhood and International Relations in the Soviet Union (Trondheim Studies on East European Cultures and Societies, no. 8).

4.                  “I Want to Be a Tractor Driver! Gender and Childhood in Early Soviet Russia” [in Russian as "Khochu byt’ traktoristkoi!" Gender i detstvo v dovoennoi sovetskoi Rossii], Sotsial’naya istoriya 2003, 385-410.

5.                  ‘Byt: Identity in Everyday Life’ in Simon Franklin and Emma Widdis (eds.),  National Identity in Russia (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004), pp. 149-167.

6.                  ‘“Shkol’nyi val’ts”: Povsednevnaya zhizn’ post-stalinskoi sovetskoi shkoly’, Antropologicheskii forum  1 (2004), 104-55 (also in English as ‘The School Waltz’: The Daily Life of the Post-Stalinist Russian Classroom’, Forum for Anthropology and Culture 1 (2004), 108-58). This article was also the subject of a round-table discussion in Antropologicheskii forum 4 (2006) (to be co-published in Forum for Anthropology and Culture 3 (2006). For a list of informants cited in this article click on the following links: English version / Russian version.

7.                  ‘Grandpa Lenin and Uncle Stalin: Soviet Leader Cult for Little Children’, in Polly Jones, Jan C. Behrends, and E. A. Rees (eds.), The Leader Cult in Communist Dictatorships (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2005).

8.                  ‘Riding the Magic Carpet: The Stalin Cult for Little Children’, Slavic and East European Journal 49: 2 (2005), 199-224.

9.                  “Thank You for the Wonderful Book”: Soviet Child Readers and the Management of Children’s Reading, 1950-1975’, Kritika 6:4 (2005), 717-51. (Also in Russian in Russkii sbornik, 2007).

10.                  ‘Shaping the “Future Race”: Regulating the Daily Life of Children in Early Soviet Russia’, Eric Naiman and Christina Kiaer, Everyday Life in Revolutionary Russia (Indiana University Press, 2006).

11.              ‘Popytka samoubiistva Mikhaila Zoshchenko’ (Mikhail Zoshchenko’s Suicide Attempt, a publication of documents in TsGIA-SPb), Novoe literaturnoe obozrenie 80 (2006).

12.              ‘Sovetskii soyuz: rai dlya detei?’ Rossiiskii gosudarstvennyi gumanitarnyi universitet: seminar ‘Kul’tura detstva: normy, tsennosti, praktiki’, http://childcult.rsuh.ru/article.html?id=58601. Forthcoming in English (as: ‘The Soviet Union: A Paradise for Children?’) in Francis Conte (ed.), L’URSS: un paradis perdu?. Paris, 2008.

13.              ‘“Good Night Little Ones”: Childhood in “The Last Soviet Generation”’, in Stephen Lovell (ed.), Generations in Twentieth-Century Europe, Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2007.

14.              ‘Writing the History of Childhood in Soviet Russia: Myths, Concepts, and Texts’ [in Russian as ‘Ob istorii detstva v Rossii: Mify, kontseptsii, teksty’], Mir detstva, ed. Lorina Repina and others (Moscow: forthcoming, 2007).

15.              ‘A Joyful Soviet Childhood: Licensed Happiness for Little Ones’, in Marina Balina and Evgeny Dobrenko (eds.), Happiness Soviet Style (London: Anthem Books, 2008, forthcoming).

Work is currently continuing on an anthology of autobiographies and archival documents relevant to the history of childhood, which Professor Kelly is preparing with Professor Vitaly Bezrogov (Moscow): Vzroslye o detyakh i deti o sebe: istoriya russkogo detstva 1890-1991 v dokumentakh.

Work has also been presented at a large number of British, European, and American conferences and academic institutions (including the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, Harvard University, University College London, the University of Manchester, the University of Nottingham, the Sorbonne, NTNU Trondheim, the Institute of Russian Literature (Pushkin House), St Petersburg, in a keynote address at the Perspectives on Slavistics Conference, University of Regensburg, at the International Conference on Slavonic and East European Studies, Berlin, at the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies in 2003, 2004, and 2006), at ‘Uchebnyi tekst v Sovetskom Soyuze’ (University of Culture, St Petersburg, December 2006), at the University of Konstanz (‘Pis’mo i vlast’’, July 2007), and on the media. Professor Kelly’s book on Pavlik Morozov was reviewed in most British national daily and Sunday newspapers, and also in The Economist, The New Statesman and Society, and The Irish Times, and she appeared on Start the Week, on Australian, Irish, and Italian radio stations, and on the BBC World Service to talk about the book. She has also given interviews about the children project in general to ‘Radio Liberty’ (in Russian).


Ø Stephen Lovell

1.       Generations in Twentieth-Century Europe (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2007).


Ø Andy Byford 

1.       Making Education Soviet, 1917-1953 (special issue of History of Education, 35 (4-5), July-Sep 2006, co-edited with Polly Jones).

2.       ‘Professional Cross-Dressing: Doctors in Education in Late Imperial Russia (1881-1917)’, The Russian Review, 65 (4), Oct 2006, 586-616.

3.       ‘Psychology at High School in Late Imperial Russia (1881-1917)’, History of Education Quarterly 48 (2), April 2008, forthcoming.

4.       ‘Turning Pedagogy into a Science: Teachers and Psychologists in Late Imperial Russia (1897-1917)’, Intelligentsia and Science in Russia and Abroad, 1860-1960 (Osiris 23, July 2008), eds. Michael Gordin, Alexei Kojevnikov and Karl Hall, Chicago: Chicago University Press, forthcoming.

 Seminar and conference papers include:

1.            ‘Psycho-Experiment in the Classroom: The Emergence of “Child Study” in Late Imperial Russia’, presented in Oxford (October 2005).

2.            ‘Science of the Child in Late Imperial Russia: The Problem of Professional Cooperation’, presented in Paris (October 2005).




Ø       ‘Generations in European History’  

 8-10 April 2005, New College, Oxford.

 For more information, please see the conference website.


Ø      ’Study, Study and Study!’ : Theories and Practices of Education in Imperial and Soviet Russia, 1861-1991’ 

 14-16 May 2004, Wolfson College, Oxford.

 For more information please see the conference website.


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