Prof C H M Kelly

Catriona Kelly, M.A., D.Phil. FBA
Professor of Russian; Fellow of New College;
Lecturer at Merton College


Catriona Kelly works on Russian literature and on Russian cultural history, particularly Russian modernism, gender history, the history of childhood, national identity, and the recent history of Leningrad/St Petersburg. She has published a large number of books and articles in these areas, sponsored by grants from the Leverhulme Trust and the British Academy (see From 2007 to 2011, she led a large international project on Russian national identity, sponsored by a major grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (see Her study of cultural memory in Leningrad/St Petersburg since 1957, supported by work in archives, interviews, and first-hand observation as well as work with printed sources, St Petersburg: Shadows of the Past, was published by Yale University Press in 2014. Soviet and Post-Soviet Identities, co-edited with Mark Bassin, came out in 2012 from Cambridge University Press. Other interests include oral history (for information about the Oxford Archive of Life History, see Catriona Kelly also works as a literary translator, particularly of poetry, and writes for the general literary press (particularly The Guardian and The Times Literary Supplement). She is on the editorial board of several journals, including Kritika, Slavic Review, Slavonic and East European Review, and Antropologicheskii forum/Forum for Anthropology and Culture (St Petersburg). In 2013, she was pre-elected President of the Association of Slavic„ East European, and Eurasian Studies, USA (ASEEES) for 2015. She is the first person not working at a US university to hold this position.

For a podcast about Catriona Kelly’s research on childhood (the interviewer is writer and translator George Miller, a graduate of the Faculty), see A podcast about St Petersburg: Shadows of the Past will be uploaded on soon. A video clip appears on For other interviews about the book on Petersburg, see Alexander Kan, BBC World Service, (in Russian) and also (ABC Radio, Sydney).


Selected Publications


 (for a more detailed list, see

St Petersburg: Shadows of the Past (Yale Univeresity Press, 2014).

(ed., with Mark Bassin) Soviet and Post-Soviet Identities (Cambridge University Press, 2012).

’”Исправлять ли историю”: споры об охране памятников в Ленинграде 1960-х-1970-х гг.’, Neprikosnovennyi zapas (special number “Советская память/Память о советском”). Also co-editor of the introduction., 2 (2009), ,   Article Weblink

With Svetlana Sirotinina, ‘ “I didn’t understand, but it was funny”: Soviet state festivals through the eyes of children’, Forum for Anthropology and Culture, 5 (2008).

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

Comrade Pavlik: The Rise and Fall of a Soviet Boy Hero Also in Russian as Товарищ Павлик: Взлет и падение советского мальчика-героя) (London, Granta Books; М.: НЛО, 2005; 2009)

Russian Literature: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2001)

Refining Russia: Advice Literature, Polite Culture, and Gender from Catherine to Yeltsin (Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2001)

Editor, with Stephen Lovell, Russian Literature, Modernism and the Visual Arts (Cambridge: CUP, 2000 (reprinted 2008))

With David Shepherd, Constructing Russian Culture in the Age of Revolution (Oxford, Oxford University Press, 1998)

A History of Russian Women’s Writing (Oxford, Oxford University Press, 1994)

Petrushka, the Russian Carnival Puppet Theatre (Cambridge CUP, 1990 (reprinted 2009))

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