Professor Julie Curtis

Professor Julie Curtis
College Lecturer in Russian
M.A., D.Phil.

Professor Curtis is a Fellow of Wolfson College and teaches Russian at Oriel. 

Research interests

My research on Russian literature has been largely concerned with two subversive writers of the early Stalin era, Mikhail Bulgakov (1891-1940) and Evgeny Zamiatin (1884-1937). This research has generated interpretive analyses of their satirical writings, scholarly editions of texts, and biographies of each of these authors, based on extensive archival work in Russia, France, England and the USA. I also have a particular interest in Russian drama, which has led to practical work as a consultant for the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre, and the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry. Projects for the future include further work on Zamiatin and on Russian drama, as well as an investigation of cultural contacts between Moscow and the Russian emigration in Paris during the 1930s.

Selected publications
  • J.A.E. Curtis, The Englishman from Lebedian'. A Life of Evgeny Zamiatin (1884-1937), (Boston: Academic Studies Press, October 2013), 420 pages.
  • J.A.E. Curtis, ‘A Theatrical Battle of Wits: Bulgakov, Maiakovskii and Meierkhol'd’, Modern Language Review, July 2013, pp. 921-46.
  • E.I. Zamiatin, My. Tekst i materialy k tvorcheskoi istorii romana, M.Iu. Liubimova and J.A.E. Curtis (eds), (St Petersburg: Mir, 2011), 600pp.
  • Julie Curtis, ‘Neizvestnye pis'ma E.I. Zamiatina iz amerikanskogo arkhiva (Vstupitel'naia stat'ia, publikatsiia i kommentarii Dzhulii Kurtis)’, in Evgenii Zamiatin i kul'tura XX veka - Issledovaniya i publikatsii, (Sankt Peterburg: Rossiiskaia Natsional'naia Biblioteka, 2002), pp. 301-51.
  • M. Bulgakov, Flight, edited with introduction, notes and vocabulary by J.A.E. Curtis, (London: Bristol Classical Press, 1997), 88pp.
  • ‘Mikhail Bulgakov and the Red Army’s Polo Instructor: Political Satire in The Master and Margarita’, in The Master and Margarita - A Critical Companion, ed. L.D. Weeks, (Evanston, Illinois: Northwestern University Press, 1996), pp. 213-26.
  • J.A.E. Curtis, Manuscripts Don’t Burn - Mikhail Bulgakov: A Life in Letters and Diaries, (London: Bloomsbury, 1991), 306 pp.: republished in British paperback and American editions, and translated into German, French, Dutch, Italian and Finnish. Reissued in Britain and the USA in 2012/13.
  • ‘Literature under Gorbachev - a Second Thaw?’, in Perestroika - The Historical Perspective, ed. C. Merridale and C. Ward, (London: Edward Arnold, 1991), pp. 168-80.
  • ‘Down with the Foxtrot! Concepts of Satire in the Soviet Theatre of the 1920s’, in Russian Theatre in the Age of Modernism, ed. R. Russell and A. Barratt, (London and Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1990), pp. 219-235.
  • J.A.E. Curtis, Bulgakov’s Last Decade - The Writer as Hero, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1987), 250pp; reissued 2009.