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Professor Michael Basker

Michael Basker's main research interests are in Silver Age literature, Pushkin, and nineteenth-century poetry. His many publications on the Acmeist poets Akhmatova and Gumilev make wide reference to the writings of their predecessors and elder, Symbolist contemporaries, on whom he has been working for many years.

He is one of the editors of the Russian ten-volume edition of Nikolai Gumilev's works, and has also edited English editions of Gumilev's works. He has recently completed a survey article on the development of Russian Symbolism, and is writing at present on Sologub and Khodasevich, as well as continuing to prepare publications on Gumilev and Mandel'shtam. Other recent research has been devoted to Pushkin (he has, for example, written a student edition of A.S. Pushkin's The Bronze Horseman for Bristol Classical Press). He is currently planning a book on the development of nineteenth-century Russian poetry.


He teaches a wide range of courses on nineteenth- and twentieth century Russian literature. He contributes to the Department's Russian language teaching at all levels.