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Dr Margarita Vaysman, Lecturer

Dr Margarita VaysmanContact Details
Phone: 01334 463666
Office: Quad 24

Module surgery hours:
Tuesday 2-4pm

Full research profile

Research and Teaching

My research focuses on nineteenth-century Russian literature, intellectual history, narratology and gender studies. Over the years, I have written on a variety of topics, from sots-art and Russian Gothic to digital humanities and fictionalised biographies.

Currently, I am working on a monograph Nineteenth-Century Russian Metafiction, exploring instances of literary self-consciousness – a narrative technique that forces readers to be aware that they are reading a work of fiction – in Russian literature. Analysing novels such as Nikolai Chernyshevskii’s What Is to Be Done? (1863), I argue that metafiction persisted in Russia even when Realism became the dominant literary aesthetic in the second half of the nineteenth century -  a time of ‘eclipse’ for such narrative practices in the French and English novels. Moving on from the traditional critical focus on the nineteenth-century realist texts, my study establishes narrative metafiction to be an integral part of the Russian literary tradition.

My other major interest is gender and celebrity culture studies in Eastern Europe. My new research project focuses on nineteenth-century women writers and the strategies they used to achieve literary fame. Looking at novels, articles and translations, co-authored by up-and-coming Russian and Ukrainian women writers and their established male colleagues, I investigate the effect of this collaboration on women’s literary reputations and their place in the current literary canon.

Originally from Russia, I have an undergraduate and kandidat filologicheskikh nauk degrees from Perm State University, and, during my DPhil at Oxford, acted as a liaison officer for the Perm-Oxford city twinning project. I teach Russian and comparative literature, gender theory and translation.


Cult Soviet Literary Figures in Modern Russian Culture: The Curious Case of Nikolay Chernyshevsky
Vaysman, M. Aug 2018 (Accepted/In press) Culture, Society, and Identities in Contemporary Russia. Marsh, R. (ed.). Routledge
Research output: ResearchChapter


‘An Author of a Different Kind’: Alexei Pisemskii’s Meta-Realist Narrator’,
Vaysman, M. Jul 2018 (Accepted/In press) In : Forum for Modern Language Studies. July 2018
Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

'Unnecessary Melodrama': Ideology and Narrative Legacy in Nikolai Chernyshevskii’s What Is to Be Done? (1863) and William Godwin’s Caleb Williams (1794)’
Vaysman, M. Jan 2017 In : Modern Language Review. 112, 1, p. 1-19 20 p.
Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Komar and Melamid's Chernyshevsky's Concept
Vaysman, M. Dec 2012 In : Russian Art and Culture Journal. 1, 1, p. 21-24 4 p.
Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

A Man and a Steamship: Truth and Fancy in Creating the Myth of Nikolay Chernyshevsky, The Great Soviet Writer
Vaysman, M. 2012 In : Wadham Journal. 1, 2012, p. 4-5 2 p.
Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Проблемы освещения романа Н.Г. Чернышевского "Что делать?" в научной и критической литературе (1863-2010)
Vaysman, M. 2011 In : Vestnik Permskogo Gosudarstvennogo Universiteta. 1, 2011, p. 130-139 10 p.
Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle


Film Adapations of Anna Karenina: Love (1927), Anna Karenina (1935)
Vaysman, M. Jul 2016 (Accepted/In press) In : Tolstoy Studies Journal. 26, 7, p. 54-55 2 p.
Research output: Research - peer-reviewBook/Film/Article review