Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies

Professor David Gillespie

David Gillespie

Professor of Russian

1 West North 4.7
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 38 5404


Professor David Gillespie came to the University in 1985. He was educated at the University of Leeds and spent several years researching at the Universities of Leningrad and Moscow and at the Moscow Pushkin Institute.

Research Interests

His research interests include Russian literature and film since 1945 and Russian culture in the post-Soviet era.


Depending on his other timetabling commitments, Professor Gillespie may also teach Russian language at postgraduate interpreting level. His revised (third) edition of Terence Wade’s A Comprehensive Russian Grammar, was published in 2010, and his revised and updated edition of Terence Wade's Russian Grammar Workbook was published in 2013.


He has published a number of studies of post-war Soviet film and literature, including The Twentieth Century Russian Novel: An Introduction (1996) and Russian Cinema (2002).


Gillespie, D., 2017. Masculinity, Violence and Power in Modern Russia:Men, Guns and Identity. Routledge. (Routledge Contemporary Russia and Eastern Europe Series)

Gillespie, D., 2005. Early Soviet Cinema: Innovation, Ideology and Propaganda. Wallflower Press.

Gillespie, D. and Lanin, B. A., 2004. Русская проза в канун постмодернизма. Vserossiiskaia gosudarstvennaia nalogovaia akademiia.

Gillespie, D., 2003. Russian Cinema. Longman.

Gillespie, D., 2000. Early Soviet Cinema: Innovation, Ideology and Propaganda. Wallflower Press.

Gillespie, D. and Lanin, B., 1998. Nineteenth Century Russian Literature: An Introductory Reader. Bristol Classical Press.

Gillespie, D., ed., 1997. The Life and Work of Fedor Abramov. Northwestern University Press.

Gillespie, D. C., 1996. The Twentieth Century Russian Novel: An Introduction. Berg Publishers.

Gillespie, D., 1992. Iurii Trifonov: Unity through Time. Cambridge University Press.

Gillespie, D., 1986. Valentin Rasputin and Soviet Russian Village Prose.Vol. 22. MHRA Texts and Dissertations.

Book Sections

Gillespie, D., 2016. Vladimir Sorokin and the return of history. In: Tabachnikova, O., ed. Facets of Russian Irrationalism between Art and Life. Brill Academic Publishers, pp. 519-530. (Studies in Slavic Literature and Poetics)

Gillespie, D., 2015. War and patriotism:Russian war films and the lessons for today. In: Branganca, M. and Tame, P., eds. The Long Aftermath. Berghahn Books, pp. 344-357.

Gillespie, D., 2014. Mikhail Shveitser's Resurrection:literary adaption as thaw narrative. In: Fitzsimmons, L. and Denner, M. A., eds. Tolstoy on Screen. Evanston, U. S. A.: Northwestern University Press.

Gillespie, D., 2013. Forthcoming. Evgenii Popov:the impotence of literature, the importance of the word. In: Morris, J., ed. The Satire of Evgenii Popov. Lampeter, U. K.: Edwin Mellen Press.

Gillespie, D., 2011. Renata Litvinova and French literature. In: Roberts, G., ed. Other Voices: Three Centuries of Cultural Dialogue between Russia and Western Europe. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 152-163.

Gillespie, D., 2008. La juste cause de la guerre: un "nouveau” patriotisme russe à l’écran. In: Le Huérou, A. and Sieca-Kozlowski, E., eds. Culture militaire et patriotisme dans la Russie d’aujourd’hui. Paris: Éditions Karthala, pp. 193-210.

Gillespie, D., 2008. The Italians Are Coming!’ Italy and the ‘Other’ in Soviet Cinema. In: Hutchings, S., ed. Russia and its Other(s) on Film: Screening Intercultural Dialogue. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 47-61. (Studies in Central and Eastern Europe)

Gillespie, D., 2008. Through the “I” of the narrator: Evgenii Popov and the satire of collapse. In: Mesropova, O. and Graham, S., eds. Uncensored? Reinventing Humor and Satire in Post-Soviet Russia. Bloomington, IN: Slavica, pp. 27-39.

Gillespie, D., 2008. Италия как «другой»: Ностальгия Андрея Тарковского. In: Tsymbal, E. and Okeanskii, V., eds. Феномен Андрея Тарковского в интеллектуальной и художественной культуре. Moscow: Talca, pp. 163-171.

Gillespie, D., 2007. Kalina krasnaia/Red Guelderbush. In: Beumers, B., ed. The Cinema of Russia and the Former Soviet Union. London: Wallflower Press, pp. 160-169. (24 Frames)

Gillespie, D., 2007. Moskva slezam ne verit/Moscow Doesn’t Believe in Tears. In: Beumers, B., ed. The Cinema of Russia and the Former Soviet Union. London: Wallflower Press, pp. 192-201.

Gillespie, D., 2007. Nightmare as phantasmagoria: surrealism in Russian film. In: Stone, R. and Harper, G., eds. The Unsilvered Screen: Surrealism on Film. London: Wallflower Press, pp. 48-59.

Gillespie, D., 2007. The Challenge to Genre: Andrei Tarkovskii and Science Fiction. In: Ahrens, R. and Stierstorfer, K., eds. Symbolism: An International Annual of Critical Aesthetics.Vol. 7. Brooklyn, NY: AMS Press, pp. 109-124.

Gillespie, D., 2005. Adapting Foreign Classics: Kozintsev's Shakespeare. In: Hutchings, S. and Vernitski, A., eds. Russian and Soviet Film Adaptations of Literature, 1900-2001: Screening the Word. Abingdon: RoutledgeCurzon, 75--88.

Gillespie, D., 2005. Confronting Imperialism: The Ambivalence of War in Post-Soviet Film. In: Webber, S. and Mather, J., eds. The Military and Society in Post-Soviet Russia. Manchester: Manchester University Press, pp. 80-93.

Gillespie, D., 2005. Fedor Abramov (pp. 3-8); Vasilii Belov (pp. 46-51); Valentin Rasputin (pp. 230-41); Iurii Trifonov (pp. 373-86). In: Rydel, C., ed. Dictionary of Literary Biography: Russian Prose Writers after World War II.Vol. 302. Detroit: Bruccoli Clark Layman.

Gillespie, D., 2004. "One Drop Plus One Drop Makes One Bigger Drop, Not Two”: Convergence and Isolation in Andrei Tarkovskii’s Nostalgia’. In: Wagstaff, P., ed. Border Crossings: Mapping Identities in Modern Europe. Oxford and Bern: Peter Lang, pp. 169-184.

Gillespie, D., 2000. Of Human Bondage and Male Bonding: Male Relationships in Recent Russian Film. In: Holmes, D. and Smith, A., eds. One Hundred Years of European Cinema: Entertainment or Ideology? Manchester: Manchester University Press, pp. 133-143.

Gillespie, D., 2000. Vladimir Sorokin and the Norm. In: McMillin, A., ed. Reconstructing the Canon: Russian Writing in the 1980s. Amsterdam: Harwood Academic Publishers, pp. 299-309.


Gillespie, D., 2014. Evgenii Popov:A new Gogol' for a new Russia? Modern Language Review, 109 (2), pp. 447-461.

Gillespie, D., 2012. Border consciousness in the fictional worlds of Andreï Makine. Journal of Siberian Federal University, Humanities & Social Sciences, 5 (6), pp. 798-811.

Gillespie, D., 2012. Filming the Classics:Tolstoy's Resurrection as 'Thaw' narrative. Essays in Poetics

Gillespie, D., 2010. Bartavels, Ortolans and Borshch:France and Russia in the fictional worlds of Andreï Makine. Australian Slavonic and East European Studies, 24 (1-2), pp. 1-18.

Gillespie, D., 2008. Sergei Eisenstein and the articulation of masculinity. New Zealand Slavonic Journal, 42, pp. 1-53.

Gillespie, D., 2008. They Fought for the Motherland (‘Oni srazhalis’ za rodinu’). Studies in Russian and Soviet Cinema, 2 (3), pp. 351-352.

Gillespie, D., 2006. Chekhov in the 1970s: Trifonov and Mikhalkov. Essays in Poetics, 31 (Autumn), pp. 130-150.

Gillespie, D., 2005. Defence of the realm: The ‘new’ Russian patriotism on screen. The Journal of Power Institutions in Post-Soviet Societies, 3.

Gillespie, D. and Smirnova, E., 2004. Alexander Sokurov and the Russian soul. Studies in European Cinema, 1 (1), pp. 57-65.

Gillespie, D., 2003. The sounds of music: soundtrack and song in Soviet film. Slavic Review, 62, p. 473.

Gillespie, D., 2002. Reconfiguring the past: The return of history in recent Russian film. New Cinemas: Journal of Contemporary Film, 1 (1), pp. 14-23.

Gillespie, D., 2001. The booze and the blues: laughter and the ‘real' world in the work of Sergei Dovlatov. Australian Slavonic and East European Studies, 15 (1-2), pp. 21-37.

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