Astvatsaturov Andrey Alekseevich (Russia)

Candidate of Philology, Associate Professor, Interim Head of the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies in the Field of Languages and Literature, St. Petersburg State University
Editorial Board Member, Editor of Literary Studies Section
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1991 — graduated from Leningrad State University;

1994 — completed doctoral studies, SPbU;

1995 — Candidate of Philology; title of candidate thesis: “Literal and Critical Theory of T.S. Eliot and its aesthetic implementation in ‘The Waste Land’”;

2003 — Associate Professor, Department of the History of Foreign Literature, SPbU.

2009 — a former member of the shortlisting panel of the literary award “National Bestseller”;

2011 — a former member of the judging panel of the award “Debut” (category «Flash Fiction»);

2012 — a former member of the judging panel of the award “New Language Art”.





Author of 3 scholarly monographs and 100 articles on English and American literature in XIX–XX centuries and modern Russian literature. Author of a number of prefaces, commentaries on Russian editions of English classic literature (О. Wilde, V. Wolf, H. Miller, J. Salinger, K. Vonnegut, J. Cheever, J. Updike).

The most recent notable works include:

1. Astvatsaturov A. A. The Concept of Death in the Work of T.S.Eliot. RuBriCa, issue 1, 1996, pp. 86–92.

2. Astvatsaturov A. A. T. S. Eliot i ego poema «Besplodnaia zemlia» [T. S. Eliot and his poem “The Waste Land”]. St. Petersburg, 2000.

3. Astvatsaturov A. A. Poetika i nasilie (o romane Kurta Vonneguta «Boinia nomer piat'») [Poetics and violence (on the novel “Slaughterhouse-Five” by Kurt Vonnegut)]. Novoe literaturnoe obozrenie – New Literary Observer, 2002, no.58, pp. 209–222. Available at: (accessed 14.04.2015)

4. Astvatsaturov A. A. Metafizika predmest'ia [Metaphysics of suburbs]. Novoe literaturnoe obozrenie – New Literary Observer, 2003, no. 62, pp. 132–139. Available at: (accessed 14.04.2015)

5. Astvatsaturov A. A. Ideia tvorcheskoi lichnosti v kontekste mirovozzreniia Genri Millera [The concept of creative personality in Henry Miller`s worldview]. Vestnik of St. Petersburg State University. Series 9. Philology. Asian Studies. Journalism, 2004, issue 3–4, pp. 12–24.

6. Astvatsaturov A. A. “Mysliashchee telo” v poiskakh iazyka. Sluchai Genri Millera [“Thinking body” in search of the language. A case of Henry Miller]. Novoe literaturnoe obozrenie – New Literary Observer, 2005, no. 71, pp. 77–88.

7. Astvatsaturov A. A. Kodzi Sudzuki i ego kinematograficheskie interpretatsii [Koji Suzuki and his cinema interpretations]. Séance, 2005, no. 23/24, pp. 278–283.

8. Astvatsaturov A. A. Fenomenologiia teksta: igra i repressiia [The phenomenology of the text: Games and Repression]. Moscow, Novoe literaturnoe obozrenie Publ., 2007.

9. Astvatsaturov A. A. Genri Miller i ego «parizhskaia trilogiia» [Henry Miller and his “Parisian trilogy”]. Moscow, Novoe literaturnoe obozrenie Publ., 2010.

10. Astvatsaturov A. A. Zhizn' kak tvorcheskaia evoliutsiia. K probleme vliianiia idei Anri Bergsona na Genri Millera [Life as creative evolution. Towards the Henri Bergson`s ideas and their influence on Henry Miller]. Vestnik of St. Petersburg State University. Series 9. Philology. Asian Studies. Journalism, 2012, issue 4, pp. 3–9.

Permanent member of international book fairs and festivals in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Perm, Helsinki, Kranoyarsk, Tallinn, New York, Edinburg. Author of two novels (People in the Nude and Skunskamera) and a number of short stories, published in Russian and foreign literary magazines, journals and anthologies of prose fiction. His literary works have been translated into English, Italian, Finnish, Hungarian, and Czech.



Honoured with a number of awards, including the Award of Merit for Teaching Art, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences, SPbU (2008); the Award of the Merit for Teaching Art, SPbU (2014).

The annual St. Petersburg award “TOP-50: The Most Famous People of St. Petersburg” (2010) (for his novel “People in the Nude”). The award “New Language Art” (2012) (Readers` Choice Award for the novel Skunskamera). In 2007 the award “Person of the Year” by Business St. Petersburg (for the scholarly monograph Phenomenology of the Text: Games and Repression). Finalist of the award “New Language Art” (2010, 2012), “National Bestseller” (2010), the Sergei Dovlatov Award (2012). The novel People in the Nude was announced the “Book the Month” by the magazine GQ and was shortlisted as on one of the 50 Best Books in 2009 by NG Ex Libris. In 2011, the monograph Henry Miller and his Parisian Trilogy was put on a list “Intellectual Bestsellers” by NG Ex Libris.