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Dr Viktoria Ivleva

Assistant Professor / Director of Studies

BHum, Diploma of Specialist (Herzen University, St. Petersburg), Postgraduate Diploma (Smith College, Northampton), MEd (Herzen University), MA, PhD (UW-Madison)

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Assistant Professor / Director of Studies in the School of Modern Languages and CulturesA24, Elvet Riverside I 


Current Research

Clothing, Society and Culture in Eighteenth-Century Russia

This project examines sumptuary and appearance regulations, related practices and visual and literary representations of dress, in order to explore the ways in which Russian sovereigns harnessed practical and ideological meanings of clothing and appearance to promote social and political changes and implement new normative expectations. The project also studies the ways in which the population of Russia received and responded to these changes, and the extent to which various social groups challenged, internalized and transformed these practices. As a part of the project, I look closely at the role of sartorial discourse in cultural debates around questions of identity and changing social and gender roles.

Research interests

  • Material culture
  • Peter I, Catherine II
  • History of cultural import
  • 17th, 18th-, early 19th-, and early 20th-century Russian literature and culture
  • Dress culture in imperial Russia
  • Pushkin, Nabokov
  • Gender studies

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Book review

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Journal Article

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