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Catriona Kelly, M.A., D.Phil. FBA
On 1 October 2021, I am taking early retirement from my post at Oxford and moving to a Senior Research Fellowship at Trinity College, University of Cambridge. I shall not be taking on any new students at Oxford after the end of the current academic year (2020-2021).


I work on Russian literature and on Russian cultural history, particularly Russian modernism, gender history, the history of childhood, national identity, the recent history of Leningrad/St Petersburg, and the institutional and production history of Russian and Soviet cinema. Grants from the Leverhulme Trust and the British Academy, as well as the University of Oxford and New College, 2002-2007, funded my work on Children's World (Yale U.P. 2008) (see From 2007 to 2011, I led a large international project on Russian national identity, sponsored by a major grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (see My 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. I have published extensively on the preservation of architectural heritage, and the history of cinema in the post-Stalin years, particularly under Brezhnev. My other interests include oral history (for information about the Oxford Archive of Life History, see

For a podcast about my research on childhood (the interviewer is writer and translator George Miller, a graduate of the Faculty), see 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).

Recent interviews in Russian about my work include Egor Sennikov for (, Stanislav Kuvaldin for (, and Masha Nesterenko for Gorky Media


Selected Publications

 (for a more detailed list, see

Soviet Art House: Lenfilm Studio under Brezhnev (Oxford University Press, 2021).


‘Memory and Truth: Stravinsky’s Childhood (1882-1901)’, in Graham Griffiths (ed.), Stravinsky: A Cambridge Companion (Cambridge University Press, 2021).


Стоп-кадр: Катриона Келли, «Мама вышла замуж» [Freeze Frame: Catriona Kelly on Vitaly Mel'nikov's Mother's Got Married ],1.10.2018

Период запоя: Кинопроизводство в Ленинграде брежневской эпохи [Period of Intoxication: Filmmaking in Brezhnev-Era Leningrad] // Новое литературное обозрение. № 152. 2018.


‘Protest and Discipline: Shostakovich and the Revolutionary Self’, in Vestnik Sankt-Peterburskogo gosudarstvennogo universiteta. Istoriya. Vol. 63 (2018), no. 4, pp. 1132-55.


'Russian Modernism: Kandinsky, Stravinsky, Mayakovsky' for The Cambridge History of Russian Modernism  ed. Vincent Sherry (2017).

Socialist Churches: Radical Secularization and the Preservation of the Past in Petrograd and Leningrad, 1918-1988 (Northern Illinois University Press, 2016).

St Petersburg: Shadows of the Past (Yale University Press, 2014). (Forthcoming in Russian, Bibliorossika/Academic Studies Press, 2021).

‘The New Soviet Man and Woman’, in Simon Dixon (ed.), The Oxford Companion to Russian History  <>St Petersburg: Shadows of the Past (Yale University Press, 2014).

'Leningrad Cuisine/La cuisine leningradaise: A Contradiction in Terms?', Forum for Anthropology and Culture, no. 9 (2013),

(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))