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Dr Jesse Gardiner, Teaching Fellow

Contact Details
Phone: 01334 462948
Office: Quad 43

Module surgery hours:
Monday 1-2pm and Wednesday 11am-12pm

Full research profile

Research and Teaching

My research focuses on theatre and drama in twentieth-century Russia, Soviet cultural history and European critical theory. I have articles published and forthcoming on Bertolt Brecht’s reception in Russia and the theory of ‘conflictlessness’ in post-war Soviet drama. My research is interdisciplinary and combines the study of cultural history, literary and performance analysis, and critical theory within the context of Russian and Soviet studies. I work extensively in archives in Russia to uncover primary sources, which I interpret through methodological frameworks developed from theorists such as Jacques Rancière and Michel Foucault.

I am currently working on a monograph titled Return of the Avant-garde: Soviet Theatre during the Thaw, which explores the revival of avant-garde theatre productions and play texts in the period following Stalin’s death. In the monograph I argue that the return of avant-garde theatre to the stage broke down the hierarchies of aesthetic representation that formed under Stalinism and opened up a space within the cultural sphere in which new interpretations could be constructed. This process was crucial in allowing the Soviet public to re-imagine its relationship to state power, the West and the recent past.

I teach Russian language at all levels and Russian literature from the nineteenth to the twenty-first century. I teach the following Honours modules in Russian: ‘Theatre and Performance in Twentieth-Century Russia’ (RU3043) and ‘A Special Russian Author of the Twentieth Century: Mikhail Bulgakov’ (RU3030).


No conflict on the stage: the theory of beskonfliktnost’ in postwar Soviet drama
Gardiner, J. Jul 2018 In : Russian Review. 77, 3, p. 427-445
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Mother Courage and Political Pragmatism: Sovietising Brecht during the Thaw
Gardiner, J. D. S. Oct 2015 In : Slavonic and East European Review. 93, 4, p. 626-654
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Review of Laurence Senelick, Stanislavsky: A Life in Letters
Gardiner, J. D. S. Apr 2016 In : Modern Language Review. 111, 2, p. 601-603
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review