Research Group The Future of Russian

Ellen Rutten

Postdoctoral fellow


Ellen Rutten studied Russian literature at the Universities of Groningen, St. Petersburg and Berlin (Humboldt), and lectured at the universities of Amsterdam, Leiden and Cambridge. From 2007-2009, she was affiliated to the University of Cambridge for the project Reclaiming the Reader: New Sincere Trends in Post-Soviet Literature, funded by the Netherlands Scientific Organization. At Cambridge’s Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities she co-convened the Contemporary Russian Culture Studies group. Since 2008, she is an editor/blogger for the research project and journal Russian Cyberspace. Having started her career by exploring political gender metaphors, Rutten’s current interests include Russian postmodernism, ‘new sincere’ trends, and Russian cyberculture. Her work appeared in Kultura, the Slavonic & East European Review, Osteuropa, the Wiener Slawistischer Almanach, and catalogues of the Groninger Museum and Sotheby’s, among other places. Her book on Russian nation-gender metaphors is due for publication at Northwestern University Press in 2009. As a post-doctoral fellow of the Future of Russian project, Rutten focuses on linguistic imperfection in Russian literary weblogs – whose apparent laconism, rather than a result of authorial sloppiness, is often consciously and meticulously constructed.

Email contact@ellenrutten.nl

Weblog http://russ-cyberspace.livejournal.com

Website www.ellenrutten.nl


Select publications


2009 Unattainable Bride Russia. Gendering Nation, State, and Intelligentsia in Russian Intellectual Culture. Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press (in press)


Edited journal

2009 (with Henrike Schmidt) Russian Literature and the Internet issue, Kultura, 1, available online on www.kultura-rus.de.



2009 Literary Blogs? Creative Writing in Russian Weblogs, Kultura, 1, available online on www.kultura-rus.de.

2009 More Than a Poet? Why Russian Writers Didn’t Blog on the 2008 Elections, Russian Cyberspace. Available online on www.russian-cyberspace.org/.

2008 Strategic Sentiments. Pleas for a New Sincerity in Contemporary Russian Literature, Dutch Contributions to the Fourteenth International Congress of Slavist, ed. Brouwer, Amsterdam: Rodopi, pp. 201-217.

2008 Judge a Book By Its Cover… Timur Kibirov. Stichi o ljubvi. Al’bom-portret, Literature and Beyond. Festschrift for Willem G. Weststeijn. Vol. II, eds. De Haard, Honselaar, Stelleman, Amsterdam: Pegasus, pp. 689-701.

2008 Ot ‘dushi Ameriki’ do ‘molodoi Rossii’: delo Dunkan, The Case of the Avant-Garde, ed. Weststeijn, Amsterdam: Pegasus, pp. 489-501.

2008 Where Postmodern Provocation Meets Social Strategy: Deep Into Russia, Provocation and Extravagance in Modern Russian Literature and Culture, Dhooge, Langerak, Metz, eds., Amsterdam: Pegasus, pp. 163-179.

2007 Tanz um den roten Stern. Russendisko zwischen Nostalgie und Sots Art, Osteuropa, 5, pp. 109-125.

2007 Kashchei Versus the People: Viktor Vasnetsov and the Political Interpretation of Folk Tales in Russian Culture, Russian Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, and Legends. Exhibition Catalogue, Wageman, ed., Rotterdam: NAI, pp. 50-62.

2006 Nesterov and Blok. Feminizing Russian Landscape Around 1900, Slavonic and East European Review, 84 (2), pp. 237-255.

2004 Materializatsia metafory zhenstvennoi Rossii v russkoi literature XX veka, Wiener Slawistischer Almanach, 54, pp. 309-325.



2008 Landslide of the Norm. Language Culture in Post-Soviet Russia. Ingunn Lunde and Tine Roesen (eds.), Canadian Journal of History, 43 (2), pp. 329-332.

2007 (with Muireann Maguire) Kulturnaia pamiat’ v Rossii. Pervye sovmestnye chtenia Kembridzhskogo universiteta i zhurnala Novoe Literaturnoe Obozrenie, Novoe literaturnoe obozrenie, 87. Available online on http://magazines.russ.ru/nlo/2007/87/mm50.html.



2007 (with Arie van der Ent) Oleg Zobern: Stil Jericho. Korte verhalen, Rotterdam: Douane.

2007 Oleg Zobern: Kotorosl, Tijdschrift voor Slavische literatuur, 47, pp. 56-62.

2006 Sergei Gandlevskii: Kritisch sentimentalisme, Vorm, 8, pp. 12-17.

2006 Oleg Zobern: Fusuke, Passionate, 1, pp. 20-21.

2005 (with Arie van der Ent) Petrova, Marcadé, eds.: Avant-garde in Rusland. Tentoonstellingscatalogus, Brussel: Europalia.



2008 Harvest Time (Nikolai Polisskii and the Archstoianie Festival), Mark Magazine, 13, pp. 172-183.

2005 Nesterov: Saint Barbara, and Nesterov: Winter, Sotheby’s. The Russian Sale. December 1. Catalogue, London: Sotheby’s, pp. 92-95.