Dr. Ellen Rutten
Ellen Rutten studied Russian literature at the universities of Groningen, St Petersburg and Berlin (Humboldt), and lectured at the universities of Amsterdam, Leiden and Cambridge. From 2007-2009, she was affiliated to the University of Cambridge for the project 'Reclaiming the Reader: New Sincere Trends in Post-Soviet Literature' funded by the netherlands Scientific Organisation. At Cambridge's Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities she co-convened the Contemporary Russian Culture Studies group. Since 2008, she is an editor/blogger for the research project and journal Russian Cyberspace.
Having started her career by exploring political gender metaphors, Rutten's current interests include Russian postmodernism,new sincere trends, and Russian cyberculture. As a post-doctoral fellow of the Future of Russian project, Rutten focuses on linguistic imperfection in Russian literary weblogs - whose apparent laconism, rather than a result of authorial sloppiness, is often consciously and meticulously constructed.
Book: Unattainable Bride Russia. Gendering Nation, State, and Intelligentsia in Russian Intellectual Culture. Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press (in press) Edited journal: 2009 (with Henrike Schmidt) Russian Literature and the Internet issue, Kultura, 1, available online on www.kultura-rus.de Articles 2009, Literary Blogs? Creative Writing in Russian Weblogs, Kultura, 1, available online on www.kultura-rus.de 2009, More Than a Poet? Why Russian Writers Didn't Blog on the 2008 Elections, Russian Cyberspace. Available online on www.russian-cyberspace.org 2008, Strategic Sentiments. Pleas for a New Sincerity in Contemporary Russian Literature, Dutch Contributions to the Fourteenth International Congress of Slavists, ed. Brouwer, Amsterdam: Rodopi, pp. 201-217.