Tatiana Filimonova

|Assistant Professor
Academic Appointments

Assistant Professor of Russian

My research focuses on literature and politics in Russia, which have always been intertwined. Their interdependence has fascinated and unsettled me for a long time. In my teaching, I encourage students to explore the broader socio-historical context of literary and cinematic works in order to fully grasp their meaning and political relevance, and to appreciate the stylistic quirks and cultural allusions prompted by this context. When teaching the Russian language, I provide students with as much historical, political and creative context as possible: with this knowledge, Russian will be not just a skill, but a window into a new culture.

In my writing, I focus on late twentieth-century and contemporary Russia, and I examine how geopolitical thought has influenced perceptions of national identity in literature and culture. My work explores Russian national identity in its multi-ethnic and transnational contexts, including movements like Eurasianism, as well as the colonial and anti-colonial impulses that underpin such ideologies. I am currently at work on my first monograph, titled New Russia's Geopolitical Novel: Alternative Eurasian Visions. On the one hand, my book examines literature through the approach of critical geopolitics, tracing how messianic and civilizational ideologies like Eurasianism are shaping contemporary prose, which often portrays Russia as a major actor on the world political stage. On the other hand, the book proposes an engagement with a form of domestic geopolitics by exploring the narratives of migration, both transnationally and within Russia's boundaries.

Apart from the monograph, I am currently working on an edited volume about Victor Pelevin's position within both the Post-Soviet and Global discourses, as well as on a critical anthology of Indigenous writing from Russia's North, Siberia and the Far East.  


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  • B.A. Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia
  • M.A. Northwestern University
  • PhD Northwestern University

Selected Publications

  • "Victor Pelevin and Eurasianist Geopolitics." The Russian Review 82.4, 2023. 613-630.

    "Post-Imperial Eurasia and Fragmented Europe in Sorokin's Telluriia." Transnational Russian Studies, ed. Andy Byford, Connor Doak and Stephen Hutchings. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2020.

    "Novye teksty Vladimira Sorokina: Rossiiskaia imperiia, kitaiskaia materiia." Vladimir Sorokin:antologiia ["New Texts by Vladimir Sorokin: Russian Empire, Chinese Matter" in Vladimir Sorokin: An Anthology], ed. Evgenii Dobrenko, Ilia Kalinin and Mark Lipovetsky. Moscow: Novoe Literaturnoe Obozrenie, 2018. 253-278.

    "Constructing Happiness in Siberia: Happy People and the Ideological Potential of the Provinces." Studies in Russian and Soviet Cinema 10:2, 2016. 1-17.

    "Eurasia as Discursive Literary Space at the Millennium." The Eurasian Project and Europe: Regional Discontinuities and Geopolitics, ed. David Lane and Vsevolod Samokhvalov. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. 117-132.

Works In Progress

Victor Pelevin: Post-Soviet and Global, co-edited with Sofya Khagi and Boris Noordenbos

New Russia's Geopolitical Novel: Alternative Eurasian Visions