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Professor Neil Cornwell

Professor Neil Cornwell

Professor Neil Cornwell
B.A.(Lond.), Ph.D.(Belf.)

Emeritus Professor

17 Woodland Road,
Clifton, Bristol BS8 1TE
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He is the founder of Irish Slavonic Studies, which he edited from 1980-1986. During the 1990s he was series editor of 'Russian Texts and Critical Studies in Russian Literature' for Bristol Classical Press.

He has edited the Reference Guide to Russian Literature (1988), and numerous books, including Daniil Kharms and the Poetics of the Absurd, The Society Tale in Russian Literature: from Odoevskii to Tolstoi, and The Gothic-Fantastic in Nineteenth-Century Russian Literature (1999).  He is also the Russian editor of The Literary Encyclopedia.

He has also edited or translated a range of nineteenth- and twentieth-century texts, including Daniil Kharms' The Plummeting Old Women and Incidences, Vladimir Odoevsky's The Salamander and other Gothic Stories, Lermontov's A Hero of our Time and Mayakovsky's My Discovery of America (2005).  His major book publications include Vladimir Nabokov; Vladimir Odoevsky and Romantic Poetics; Pushkin's "The Queen of Spades"; James Joyce and the Russians; and Pasternak's Novel: Perspectives on "Doctor Zhivago".

His most recent research project is in a survey of absurdist literature of the twentieth century, and its antecedents, published by Manchester University Press in 2006.


(BA 1972, PhD 1983) is a specialist in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Russian literature, and in comparative literature. He taught at Queen's University, Belfast, from 1973-87, before he came to Bristol in 1987.



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