Dr Sarah  Hudspith

Dr Sarah Hudspith

Associate Professor in Russian

+44 (0)113 343 3290

Summary: Russian and Slavonic literature of the 19th to 21st centuries, especially Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Kundera; canon formation; culture and national identities; globality and globalisation; narrative; humour


BA (Exeter)
MA (Bristol)
PhD (Sheffield)
PCHE (Sheffield)

Research and publications

Research interests 

As Co-Director of the Leeds Russian Centre my research is connected with the Centre's agenda of Russia(n) in the Global Context. I am interested in canon formation, especially in relation to national identities; conservatism in culture; theories of cultural globality and globalisation; narrative, especially first-person narrative and memory; gender and women's writing; 19th Century Russian literature, especially Dostoevsky and Tolstoy; contemporary Russian literature.


  • Dostoevsky and the Idea of Russianness: A New Perspective on Unity and Brotherhood, London, RoutledgeCurzon, 2004.

Editorship of Special Issues of Refereed Journals

  • ‘Moscow: A Global City?’, Slavic Review, 72 (3), Fall 2013: 453-527.

Refereed journal articles and book chapters 

  • ‘Leo Tolstoy and contemporary Russian cultural policy: negotiating the canon’, in Russian Culture in the Era of Globalisation, ed. Vlad Strukov and Sarah Hudspith, London: Routledge, forthcoming.
  • Aspects of first-person narration in Dostoevsky’s The Gambler: towards a typology of ‘zapiski’, Modern Language Review, forthcoming.
  • ‘Dostoevsky’s 1860s journalism’ in Dostoevsky in Context, ed. Deborah Martinsen and Olga Maiorova, Cambridge University Press, 2015.
  • (with Vlad Strukov) ‘Inverting the Imperial Dyad: Post-Soviet Screen Adaptations of Tolstoy’s A Prisoner of the Caucasus’ in Tolstoy on Screen, ed. Lorna Fitzsimmons and Michael A Denner, Northwestern University Press, 2015: 247-72.
  • ‘Traversing the labyrinth: female protagonists’ experience of Moscow in fiction of the 1990s’, Modern Language Review, 110 (3), 2015: 759-80.
  •  'Why we must laugh at the Underground Man' in Aspects of Dostoevskii: Art, Ethics, Faith, eds Joe Andrew and Robert Reid, Rodopi, Amsterdam, 2012.
  • 'Life in the present: time and immortality in the works of Tolstoy', Modern Language Review, vol. 101, no. 4, pp. 1055-67, 2006.
  • 'Dialogues with Dostoevsky in Tolstoy's Resurrection', in Dostoevsky: on the Threshold of Other Worlds. Essays in Honour of Malcolm Jones, Nottingham: Bramcote Press, 2006, pp. 110-19.
  • 'Narrative, conscience and judgement in Tolstoy's Resurrection', Tolstoy Studies Journal, vol. 17, pp. 20-34, 2005.
  • «Преступление, совесть и ответственность в романе Толстого Воскресение», Iasnopoliansky sbornik, Iasnaia Poliana, 2005, pp. 33-43.
  • «Достоевский и славянофильская эстетика», Филологические записки, vol. 18, pp. 75-83, 2002.
  • 'Narrative and Miscarriages of Justice in Tolstoy's Resurrection', Tolstoy Studies Journal, vol. 14, pp. 15-24, 2002.
  • 'Studying Russian Language at University: Do Beginners Do Better?', in Language Learning Futures, ed. by J. Coleman, D. Ferney, D. Head, R. Rix, CILT, London, 2001, pp. 115-30.
  • 'Dostoevsky and the Slavophile Aesthetic', Dostoevsky Studies, vol. 4, pp. 177-194, 2000.
  • 'Slavophilism and the opposition of Russia and the West as themes in Dostoevsky's Diary of a Writer', Rossiia i Zapad: Dialog kul'tur, no. 5, Moscow 1998, pp. 209-25


  • Sarah Hudspith, Andrew Quilley, Keyboard Tsar, a Cyrillic typing tutor for non-native learners of Russian, University of Leeds, 2005.

Funding received

  • Leverhulme Visiting Professorship awarded 2009 (£28,335) to bring Prof. Helena Goscilo to the Department for one semester to work on the 'Moscow: A Global City' project.

Postgraduate research supervision

I am available to supervise students in any area of Russian literature and culture, especially Dostoevsky and Tolstoy.