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Dr Claire Whitehead, Senior Lecturer

Dr Claire WhiteheadContact Information

cew12@st-andrews.ac.uk
Phone: 01334 462951
Office: Quad 44

Full research profile

Module surgery hours:
Mondays and Thursdays 3-4pm

Research and Teaching

‌My research interests focus on prose fiction in Russia (and France) from the nineteenth century onwards. Having published my first monograph on the fantastic short story with Legenda in 2006, my second monograph came out with the same publisher in September 2018. The Poetics of Early Russian Crime Fiction, 1860-1917: Deciphering Tales of Detection is the first book-length study in either English or Russian of the formative years of a genre that now enjoys almost unrivalled popularity in post-Soviet Russia. It discusses early Russian crime fiction from a variety of angles, including: generic fluidity; the construction of social and textual authority; multiple voice; constructions of time; intertextuality and metatextuality. It offers readings of works by canonical authors such as Dostoevskii and Chekhov but also shines a light on numerous, almost unknown writers of the period, including: Nikolai Sokolovskii, Petr Stepanov, Nikolai Timofeev, Semyon Panov, Aleksandr Shkliarevskii, Aleksandra Sokolova and Andrei Zarin. You can read more about the book in this blog interview with the North American Dostoevsky Society: https://bloggerskaramazov.com.

In this book, as in all of my work, I combine close textual analysis with the application of critical theory, particularly narratology, and a consideration of socio-historical factors. My longstanding interest in Russian crime fiction extends across the genre’s history and I published an article on Boris Akunin’s Pelagiia trilogy of novels in Slavonic and East European Review in January 2016. I have just completed an article on ‘Abject Realism and the Depiction of Violence in Early Russian Crime Fiction: The Case of N.P. Timofeev’ that will appear in Modern Language Review in July 2019. I am currently working on articles on ‘The Representation and Function of Religion’ and ‘Aspects of Performance’ in the genre. I am also in the early stages of a collaborative project with the illustrator, Carol Adlam, to adapt Semyon Panov’s 1876 novel, Three Courts, or Murder During the Ball into a graphic novel.

I teach various components of Russian language at all levels as well as Honours and postgraduate modules on the fantastic (RU4142), crime fiction (RU4144), the nineteenth-century Russian novel (RU3022) and critical theory (ML5001/ML5002). I have supervised one PhD on Aleksandr Vel’tman and co-supervised another PhD on Aleksandr Grin. I would welcome enquiries from postgraduate students on any aspect of nineteenth-century Russian literature and culture, as well as critical theory and comparative literature.

Publications

The Poetics of Early Russian Crime Fiction, 1860-1917: Deciphering Stories of Detection
Whitehead, C. E., 10 Sep 2018, Oxford: Legenda. 280 p.
Research output: Book/ReportBook

Readings in Twenty-First-Century European Literatures
Gratzke, M. (ed.), Hutton, M. A. (ed.) & Whitehead, C. E. (ed.), May 2013, Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien: Peter Lang. 456 p.
Research output: Book/ReportBook

Critical Insights: The Fantastic
Whitehead, C. E., 12 Oct 2012, Massachussets: Salem Press. 300 p. (Critical Insights)
Research output: Book/ReportBook

The Fantastic in France and Russia in the Nineteenth Century: In Pursuit of Hesitation
Whitehead, C. E., May 2006, Legenda. 170 p. (Studies In Comparative Literature; no. 10)
Research output: Book/ReportBook

 

Shkliarevskii and Russian Detective Fiction: The Influence of Dostoevskii
Whitehead, C. E., 2013, Dostoevskii's Overcoat: Influence, Comparison and Transposition. Andrew, J. & Reid, R. (eds.). Amsterdam & New York: Rodopi, p. 101-121 (Studies in Slavic Literature and Poetics; vol. 58).
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Ivan Turgenev's Phantoms: The Spectre of Hesitation
Whitehead, C. E., 2008, Turgenev and Russian Culture: Essays to Honour Richard Peace. Andrew, J., Offord, D. & Reid, R. (eds.). Rodopi, p. 347-362 16 p. (Studies in Slavic Literature and Poetics; vol. 49).
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

The Fantastic in Russian Romantic Prose: Pushkin's Queen of Spades
Whitehead, C. E., 1999, The Gothic-Fantastic in Nineteenth-Century Russian Literature, Amsterdam: Rodopi. Cornwell, N. (ed.). p. 103-126
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Odoevskii's Pestrye skazki
Whitehead, C. E., 1998, Reference Guide to Russian Literature, London: Fitzroy Dearborn. Cornwell, N. (ed.). p. 589-590
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

 

The Temptation of the Reader: The Search for Meaning in Boris Akunin's Pelagia Trilogy
Whitehead, C. E., 18 Jan 2016, In : Slavonic and East European Review. 94, 1, p. 29-56 28 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Debating Detectives: The Influence of Publitsistika on Nineteenth-Century Russian Crime Fiction.
Whitehead, C. E., Jan 2012, In : Modern Language Review. 107, 1, p. 230-258 29 p. https://doi.org/10.5699/modelangrevi.107.1.0230
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

The Letter of the law: literacy and orality in S. A. Panov's Murder in Medveditsa Village
Whitehead, C. E., Jan 2011, In : Slavonic and East European Review. 89, 1, p. 1-28 28 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

The Fantastic: An Enduring Literary Mode - Introduction
Whitehead, C. E., Oct 2008, In : Forum for Modern Language Studies. 44, 4, p. 353-362 10 p. https://doi.org/10.1093/fmls/cqn057
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Anton Chekhov's The Black Monk: An Example of the Fantastic?
Whitehead, C. E., Oct 2007, In : Slavonic and East European Review. 85, 4, p. 601-628 29 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Playing at Detectives: Parody in The Swedish Match
Whitehead, C. E., Oct 2005, In : Essays in Poetics. 30, 10, p. 229-246 18 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

The Impact of Multiple Voice on Reader Hesitation: The Case of Vladimir Odoevskii's The Sylph
Whitehead, C. E., Apr 2003, In : Modern Language Review. 98, 2, p. 397-415 19 p. https://doi.org/10.2307/3737819
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

 

Review of Jillian Porter's Economies of Feeling: Literature Under Nicholas I
Whitehead, C. E., 12 Feb 2019, In : Slavic Review. 77, 4, p. 1117-1118 2 p. https://doi.org/10.1017/slr.2018.348
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Review of Radislav Lapushin's "Dew on the Grass": The Poetics of Inbetweenness in Chekhov
Whitehead, C. E., Apr 2012, In : Slavonic and East European Review. 90, 2, p. 330-332 3 p. https://doi.org/10.5699/slaveasteurorev2.90.2.0330
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Review of Harvey Pitcher's Responding to Chekhov
Whitehead, C. E., Nov 2011, In : Slavonica. 17, 2, p. 173-174 2 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Review of Priscilla Meyer's How the Russians Read the French
Whitehead, C. E., Apr 2011, In : Slavonic and East European Review. 89, 2, p. 316-317 2 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Review of Philippe Met's La lettre tue: spectre(s) de l'ecrit fantastique
Whitehead, C. E., 2010, In : French Studies. 64, 4, p. 383 384 p. https://doi.org/http://fs.oxfordjournals.org/content/64/3/383.full.pdf+html
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Review of Charlotte Krauss' La Russie et Les Russes Dans La Fiction Française Du XIXe Siècle (1812-1917): D'Une Image De L'Autre à Un Univers Imaginaire  [Russia and the Russians in XIXth century French fiction (1812-1917): From An Image of the Other to An Imaginary Universe]
Whitehead, C., Apr 2008, In : Modern Language Review. 103, p. 499-500 2 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Review of Joe Andrew and Robert Reid's Two Hundred Years of Pushkin
Whitehead, C. E., Apr 2006, In : Modern Language Review. 101, p. 612-615 4 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Review of Lesley Milne's Reflective Laughter: Aspects of Humour in Russian Culture
Whitehead, C. E., Jan 2006, In : Slavonic and East European Review. 84, 1, p. 124-126 3 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Review of Irina Sirotkina's Diagnosing Literary Genius: A Cultural History of Psychiatry in Russia, 1880-1930
Whitehead, C. E., Jul 2005, In : Modern Language Review. 100, p. 887-888 2 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

 

The Fantastic: An Enduring Literary Mode
Whitehead, C. E., Oct 2008, In : Forum for Modern Language Studies. 44, 4, p. 147 147 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalSpecial issue

 

 
 

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