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Dr. Benjamin Sutcliffe


  • 2004. Doctor of Philosophy in Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Pittsburgh. Dissertation title: Engendering Byt: Russian Women Writers and Narratives of Everyday Life, 1962-2001. Advisor: Helena Goscilo.
  • 2004. Ph.D. Certificate in Cultural Studies, University of Pittsburgh.
  • 1999. Master’s Degree in Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Pittsburgh.
  • 1996. Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature, Reed College. Undergraduate thesis: Representation and Autonomy in Sergei Dovlatov’s Zona and Nevidimaia kniga. Advisor: Charles Isenberg.




  • Contemporary Russian literature
  • The Russian novel
  • Russian language
  • Russian folklore
  • Studies of everyday life
  • Women’s prose


  • The Thin Present of Trifonov’s Thaw: Time in Slaking the Thirst.” Australian Slavonic and East European Studies. Forthcoming.
  • Ludmila Ulitskaya's Art of Tolerance, coauthored with Elizabeth Skomp. (University of Wisconsin Press, 2015)
  • The Prose of Life: Russian Women Writers from Khrushchev to Putin. (University of Wisconsin Press, 2009)
  • "Secular Victims, Religious Aggressors: Liudmila Ulitskaia’s Muslims, Radical Islam, and the Russian Intelligentsia.” The Russian Review 74 (2015).
  •  “Everyday Life and the Ties that Bind in Liudmila Ulitskaia’s Medea and Her Children.” In Everyday Life in Russia: Subjectivities, Perspectives, and Lived Experience. Eds. David Ransel, Mary Cavender, Karen Petrone, Choi Chatterjee. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2015.
  •  “ ‘Pravdy ne khvataet: Obitel’ Z. Prilepina: dokumental’nost’ i roman vospitaniia” [The Truth is Not Enough: Zakhar Prilepin’s Monastery, Documentation and the Bildungsroman]. Slovo. Journal of Slavic Languages, Literatures and Culture 55 (2015).
  • “Mother, Daughter, History: Embodying the Past in Liudmila Ulitskaia’s Sonechka and The Case of Kukotskii.” Slavic and East European Journal 4 (2009)
  • “Liudmila Ulitskaia’s Literature of Tolerance.” The Russian Review 68 (2009)
  • “Writing the Urals: Permanence and Ephemerality in Ol'ga Slavnikova’s 2017.” New Zealand Slavonic Journal 41 (2007).


  • Beginning monograph on the image of sincerity (iskrennost’), consumerism, and the late-Soviet intelligentsia in the fiction of Iurii Trifonov.


  • “Cake, Cabbage, and the Morality of Consumption in Iurii Trifonov’s Dom na naberezhnoi.” Statehood and its Discontents. Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies and Vilnius University. Vilnius, Lithuania. June 15-18, 2016.
  • “The Thin Present of Trifonov’s Thaw: Time in Slaking the Thirst.” Association for the Study of Nationalities, New York, NY. April 14-16, 2016. 
  • Ludmila Ulitskaya and the Art of Tolerance. Book presentation panel with Elizabeth Skomp. World Congress of the International Council for Central and East European Studies. Chiba, Japan. August 2-8, 2015.
  • “Periphery, Despair, Forgiveness: Central Asia in Iurii Trifonov’s Taking Stock and Liudmila Ulitskaia’s Medea and Her Children.” Writing the Past/Righting Memory. Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies. Cuma, Italy. May 31-June 3, 2015.
  • “Apokalipsis i nadezhda: L.E. Ulitskaia i nasledie zhenskoi prozy” [Apocalypse and Hope: Liudmila Ulitskaia and the Legacy of Women’s Prose]. Dvadtsat’ piat’ let postsovetskoi literatury. Kakie izmeneniia proizoshli? [Twenty-Five Years of Post-Soviet Literature, Which Changes Have Occurred?]. Centre d’études franco-russe de Moscou. Moscow, Russia. January 26-27, 2015.
  • "Iurii Trifonov's Students: Body and Life in Late Stalinism." Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES). New Orleans, LA. November 15-18, 2012.
  • "Liudmila Ulitskaia's Crisis of Masculinity: Givers, Takers, and Decembrists." American Association for Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages (AATSEEL). Seattle, WA. January 5-8, 2012.


  •  “Ulitskaia and Her Children: Family Chronicle and Soviet Trauma.” Introduction to Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies. Miami University. November 6, 2014.
  • "For Khodorkovsky, Against Capitalism: The Strange Case of Liudmila Ulitskaia." Havighurst Colloquium. Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies. April 1, 2013.
  • "Slavic and Gender Studies: An Uneasy Relationship." Graduate Introduction to Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies. Miami University. November 1, 2012.