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Dr Emily Finer, Lecturer

‌Contact Details
Phone: 01334 463648
Office: Quad 37

Module surgery hours:
Tuesdays 11-13

Full research profile

Research and Teaching

My research focuses on comparative literature and literary reception. My current project investigates the Russian and Soviet reception of the novels of Charles Dickens in the twentieth century. I ask why Dickens was canonised for the mass reader and how his novels were translated, re-written, theorised and imitated. This research follows my monograph on the twisty relationship between the Russian Formalist, Viktor Shklovsky and the author of Tristram Shandy, Laurence Sterne.

If you are a Russian reader of Dickens and would like to participate in my research project, please visit this website:

My teaching reflects my various interests in Russian literature and theory, comparative literature and translation. I teach several Honours modules in Russian: RU3021, ‘Russian Poetry of the Golden Age’; RU3024, ‘A Special Russian Author of the Nineteenth Century: Pushkin’ and RU3022, ‘The Nineteenth-Century Russian Novel’. I enjoy teaching translation and working with students on the literature component of second-year Russian modules. I also teach sessions on Russian Formalism for graduate students taking ML5001, ‘The Theory and Practice of Literary Research’.


Vospominaniia: stranitsy zhizni i tvorchestva
Finer, E. (Translator) & Druzhinin, F. 2015 Moscow: Museum Graeco Latinum. 299 p.
Research output: ResearchBook

Turning into Sterne: Viktor Shklovskii and Literary Reception.
Finer, E. 2010 Oxford: Legenda. 161 p. (Studies in Comparative Literature; vol. 18)
Research output: ResearchBook


Dickens in twentieth-century Russia
Finer, E. 15 Aug 2013 The Reception of Charles Dickens in Europe. Hollington, M. (ed.). London: Bloomsbury, Vol. 1, p. 103-120 18 p. (The Reception of British and Irish Authors in Europe)
Research output: ResearchChapter

‘A rift on the left front?’: Lef (1923-5) and Na postu (1923-5)
Finer, E. 28 Mar 2013 The Oxford Critical and Cultural History of Modernist Magazines: Volume III, Europe 1880-1940, Part II. Brooker, P., Bru, S., Thacker, A. & Weikop, C. (eds.). Oxford University Press, p. 1319-1340 (The Oxford Critical and Cultural History of Modernist Magazines; vol. 3)
Research output: ResearchChapter

Russian Modernism
Finer, E. Dec 2010 The Oxford Handbook of Modernisms. Brooker, P., Gasiorek, A., Longworth, D. & Thacker, A. (eds.). Oxford: Oxford University Press, p. 837-850 14 p.
Research output: ResearchChapter


Two Natures Translated from the Russian by Emily Finer
Finer, E. Feb 2017 In : Inventory. 7
Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Eugene Onegin (Pushkin and Sterne) Translated from the Russian by Emily Finer
Finer, E. (Translator) Jun 2004 In : Comparative Critical Studies. 1, 1-2, p. 171-193 22 p.
Research output: ResearchArticle