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Claire Eugenie Whitehead


Claire Eugenie Whitehead
Postal address:
School of Modern Languages
St Salvators Quadrangle
St Andrews
United Kingdom


Direct phone: +44 (0)1334 462951

Research overview

My research interests continue to be broadly comparative with a focus on the echoes and intersections between Russian and French literatures in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Following on from my first monograph on the genre of the fantastic, my current research project is focussed on detective fiction and crime writing in Russia from 1860 onwards. It aims to uncover and assess the work of the numerous little-known practitioners of a genre which currently enjoys huge popular success in Russia. I have recently written articles on the work of A.A. Shkliarevskii (and the influence upon him of F.M. Dostoevskii), on S.A. Panov and on the influence of 'publitsistika' on Russian crime writing. Future work, including a second monograph, will investigate the work of these authors as well as Stepanov, Timofeev, Geintse, Akhsharumov and, on the contemporary scene, Akunin. Alongside this project, I continue to work on exponents of the fantastic short story, most recently Ivan Turgenev. I am the editor of the 2008 Special Issue of Forum for Modern Language Studies on 'The Fantastic: An Enduring Literary Mode'. My research aligns itself with a post-structuralist, discourse-theory approach to literature where the mechanics of narrative and their consequences are given priority, but in which socio-historical factors are taken into account. I would welcome applications for postgraduate study in any area of nineteenth-century Russian literature, particularly prose writing.

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