14 June 2012
Michael Basker, Professor of Russian Literature and Head of the School of Modern Languages at the University of Bristol, has been selected to succeed Professor Charles Martindale as Dean of Arts from August 2012.
Professor Basker's main research interests are in Russian Silver Age literature, Pushkin, and nineteenth-century poetry. He is an internationally renowned expert on the Acmeist poets Gumilev, Akhmatova and Mandelstam – many of whose texts were proscribed in Russia for much of the twentieth century – and has published widely on the writings of their predecessors and elder, Symbolist contemporaries.
He is one of the editors of the Russian Academy of Sciences ongoing ten-volume edition of Nikolai Gumilev, and has also edited English translations of works by Gumilev, Mandelstam and Pushkin. Recent research has included a lengthy study of the émigré poetry of Vladislav Khodasevich and investigations of Russian Symbolist prose fiction, and he is currently preparing a book on 'poetry and power' in the Russian context.
Professor Basker said: ‘It's a great honour to be appointed Dean of Arts at Bristol. I look forward to working with the many outstanding colleagues across our wide-ranging Faculty, to further the cause of the arts, humanities and modern languages in the fast-changing environment of HE and the wider world.’
Professor Michael Basker