Benjamin Sutcliffe

  • Professor of Russian, Department of German, Russian, Asian, Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures, Miami University, Oxford, OH

Education & Training

  • PhD, Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Pittsburgh, 2004
  • PhD Certificate in Cultural Studies, University of Pittsburgh, 2004
  • MA, Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Pittsburgh, 1999
  • BA, English Literature, Reed College, 1996

Courses Taught

  • Russian Literature from Pushkin to Dostoevskii
  • Russian Literature from Tolstoi to Nabokov
  • Russian Literature from Pasternak to the Present
  • Russian Folklore
  • All levels of Russian language
  • Also advised honors theses, served on MA thesis committees, and serving as outside reader on a PhD dissertation (University of Michigan)

Representative Publications

“Trifonov’s Turkmenia: Optimism, Despair, and the Intelligentsia.” In Orient in Literature, Literature of the Orient. Eds. Adam Bednarczyk, Magdalena Kubarek, Maciej Szatkowski. Wilmington: Vernon Press, Forthcoming.

“The Thin Present of Trifonov’s Thaw: Time in Slaking the Thirst.” Australian Slavonic and East European Studies. Forthcoming.

“Commemoration and Connection: Liudmila Ulitskaia and the Universe of the Body in Jacob’s Ladder.” Slavonic and East European Review. 93 (3) 2019. 451-470.

“Cake, Cabbage, and the Morality of Consumption in Iurii Trifonov’s House on the Embankment.” In Seasoned Socialism: Gender and Food in Late Soviet Everyday Life. Eds. Angela Brintlinger, Anastasia Lakhtikova, and Irina Glushchenko. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2019. 113-131.

Ludmila Ulitskaya's Art of Tolerance, coauthored with Elizabeth Skomp. (University of Wisconsin Press, 2015)

"Secular Victims, Religious Aggressors: Liudmila Ulitskaia’s Muslims, Radical Islam, and the Russian Intelligentsia.” The Russian Review 74 (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).

The Prose of Life: Russian Women Writers from Khrushchev to Putin. (University of Wisconsin Press, 2009)

“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

Research Interests

  • Contemporary Russian literature
  • The Russian novel
  • Russian folklore
  • Russian language
  • Studies of everyday life

Representative Conference Presentations

“Sincerity, Dokumental’nost, and Paradox in Iurii Trifonov’s Turkmenistan.” Firsthand Time: Documentary Aesthetics in the Long 1960s. Leibniz-Zentrum für Literatur- und Kulturforschung. Berlin, Germany. January 16-18, 2020.

“Iurii Trifonov and the Perils of Dokumental’nost’.” Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES). San Francisco, CA. November 22-26, 2019.

Book Panel: “Seasoned Socialism: Food and Gender in the Late Soviet Everyday Life.” ASEEES Summer Convention. Zagreb, Croatia. June 13-17, 2019.

Employment Since Graduation

Professor of Russian, Department of German, Russian, Asian & Middle Eastern Languages & Cultures, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, 2016-present

Associate Professor of Russian, Department of German, Russian, and East Asian Languages, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio

Dissertation Title and Year

Russian Women Writers and the Emergence of Feminist Approaches to Literature, 2004