Irina V. Kabanova

N.G. Chernyshevsky Saratov State University

Doctor Hab. of Philology, Professor


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PhD Thesis:

Art and creativity in the novels by John Fowles and B.S. Johnson (Lomonosov Moscow State University, 1986)

Doctor Habilitat. Thesis:

Genre Typology of British Prose of the 1930-ies (Lomonosov Moscow State University, 2001)

Current research

Literature and ideology, literature and religion, genre in British and US literature of the XX-XXI centuries

Teaching experience, courses taught:

1978-1986: Assistant Professor, Department of Western Literatures, Saratov State University

1986-2002: Associate Professor, Saratov State University

2002-present: Professor, Department of Western Literatures, Saratov State University

2005 – 201: Head of Department of World Literature, Saratov State University

2016 – present: Professor, Department of Russian and World Literature, Saratov National Research State University

Western literatures of the Middle Ages, 17th-18th, 19th and 20th centuries, Critical Theory. Survey and advanced courses in the British and US literatures in translation.

Selected bibliography:

World Literature. Textbook for high school students. Saratov, 2002.

An anthology of Critical Theory. Translation, introduction, notes. Moscow, 2004.

XX-th century World Literature: seminars. Editor, introduction, co-authored with E. Staroverova, S. Pavlova, O.Kozonkova. Moscow, 2008, 2009.

Phenomenology of Power in Satire. Ed. with V.Prozorov. Saratov, 2008.

“Sweet prison”: Western mass literature in Russian book market // Cultural Products: the Phenomenon of Mass-culture in Russia Today. Saint-Ptersburg, 2009.

Sovereign power in Evelyn Waugh’s Edmund Campion and Helena // “A Handful of Mischief”: New Essays on Evelyn Waugh. Ed. Donat Gallagher, Ann Pasternak Slater, and John Howard Wilson. Madison-Teaneck: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2011. P. 87-96.

The concept of “American exclusivity” yesterday and now // Global Contexts of American Literature. Ivanovo, 2012, p. 12-28.

English Literature, 1930-2010 // XX-th century World Literature. A textbook for students working towards B.A. degree. Ed. by V. Tolmatchov. 2-nd ed. in 2 vols. Moscow, 2014. V.I – p. 412-430, v. II – p. 175-230.

Mario Puzo’s The Godfather : Immigrants’ Home Country Reterritorialised in the US // Topographies of Popular Culture. Ed. Piipponen, Maarit; Salmel, Markku. Cambridge Scholars, 2016. P. 189-208. URL


Idealists and ideologues in Hilary Mantel’s A Place of Greater Safety // Literature and ideology. XX century. Ed. by O. Panova, V. Tolmatchov. Moscow, 2016.


Evelyn Waugh and the USA // Literature of Two Americas. 2016, № 1, p. 166-199.


Awards, fellowships, grants:

1994: British Academy grant to present a paper in the International Conference, Oxford University

1994: British Council scholarship to attend Scottish Universities International Summer School

1995: grant from Britain-Russia Center to study the provision of English courses at Scottish Universities

1998: Open Society Institute grant to research "Russian Images of the West Today”

1998: USIA – IREX grant for participation in Curriculum Development Program, Iowa State University, USA

1999: IREX Alumni Small grant to create a website «Archetypes in World Literatures»

1999: Soros Foundation grant to present a paper at International Conference “Beyond Boundaries 2”, European Studies Research Institute, University of Salford, Manchester, UK

2000: Salzburg Seminar grant to participate in Session 379, "Higher Education for the XXI century”

2002: Fulbright Research Scholarship, Critical Theory Institute, University of California, Irvine

2003: Saratov CASE grant to participate in the Evelyn Waugh Centennary Conference, Hetrford College, Oxford

2004: Carnegie Visiting Fellow, The Harriman Institute, Columbia University, New York

2005: University of Illinois grant for a research project, Urbana-Champaign

2008; Visiting Professor, Tampere University, Finland

2000, 2009, 2011: Open Society Institute grants for research projects in Central European University, Budapest

Oxford-Russia Foundation grants to participate in the Perm University workshops on English literature