Out of Focus
Russia at the Margins

Catriona Kelly

Selected Essays 8



ISBN: 978-1-781887-82-0 (hardback)  •  RRP £75, $99, €85

ISBN: 978-1-781887-86-8 (paperback, forthcoming)

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From the conventional perspective, Russia is a strongly centralised country subordinated to the unbending rule of ‘the Kremlin’. Dozens of books and posters bear St Basil’s Cathedral on Red Square on their front covers (even when they are actually describing or advertising St Petersburg). This sense of tight and unvaried authoritarian control characterises many popular studies of the country. But Russia is also a huge and varied country, and one whose politics and culture have radically altered to accommodate historical cataclysms. This collection of essays by Catriona Kelly examines a Russia that is ‘out of focus’, beyond the usual simplifying optic. It considers often overlooked areas of historical and contemporary experience such as the lives and creative culture of Russian women, of children and teenagers, and of ethnic minorities. An internationally known specialist in Russian culture acts as a guide to unexpected discoveries and unexplored territories at the margins of Empire and the fringes of Europe.

Catriona Kelly is Professor of Russian at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of New College. She is also a Fellow of the British Academy. She has published many books and articles on Russian history and culture, including A History of Russian Women's Writing (OUP, 1994), Comrade Pavlik: the Rise and Fall of a Soviet Boy Hero (Granta Books, 2005), Children's World: Growing Up in Russia, 1890-1991 (Yale UP 2008), and St Petersburg, Shadows of the Past (Yale UP 2014). She recently completed Soviet Art House: Lenfilm Studio under Brezhnev. She has given guest lectures and keynote addresses in many different countries and in 2015, was President of the Association of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies. She reviews regularly for the mainstream press, particularly The Guardian and the Times Literary Supplement.

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Kelly, Catriona, Out of Focus: Russia at the Margins, Selected Essays, 8 (Cambridge: Legenda, 2022)

First footnote reference: 35 Out of Focus: Russia at the Margins, catriona Kelly, Selected Essays, 8 (Cambridge: Legenda, 2022), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Kelly, p. 47.

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Kelly, Catriona. 2022. Out of Focus: Russia at the Margins, Selected Essays, 8 (Cambridge: Legenda)

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