Catriona Kelly

is Professor of Russian at New College, University of Oxford, and a Fellow of the British Academy. She has published widely on Russian literature and cultural history, including Comrade Pavlik: The Rise and Fall of a Soviet Boy Hero (Granta Books, London, 2005/Novoe literaturnoe obozrenie, Moscow, 2009) and Children’s World: Growing Up in Russia, 1890-1991 (Yale University Press, 2007). She is currently working on a study of Leningrad and St Petersburg since 1957.


Of grids and groups

An alternative view of "open" and "closed" societies

The “open society” to which Soviet existence is often claimed to have been opposed resembles the old idea of “the free world”. A non-moralistic approach to group relations in the Soviet Union moves beyond the simplistic link between modernisation and openness, writes Catriona Kelly.

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