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Professor Simon Franklin

Position(s): 
Professor of Slavonic Studies
Department/Section: 
Slavonic Studies
Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages
Contact details: 
Telephone number: 
+44 (0)1223 333 263
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Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages
Raised Faculty Building
University of Cambridge
Sidgwick Avenue
Cambridge
CB3 9DA
United Kingdom

About: 

Simon Franklin has written on Russian history and culture of all periods, but his principal research interests are medieval.

Research interests: 

Most of my research has been concerned with Rus and Russia in the pre-modern period. I have focused particularly on the emergence of the earliest East Slav polity and on the formation of a distinctive culture. though I have also published occasional studies of 19th- and 20th-century Russian literature.

I have supervised PhD students in medieval history and culture, and in 19th century literature.

Recent research projects: 

My long-term project is a cultural history of information technologies in Russia, and I am currently working on the volume covering the period c. 1450-1850.

Published works: 

Principal publications

Books:

  • Sermons and Rhetoric of Kievan Rus (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1991)
  • (ed., with Jonathan Shepard), Byzantine Diplomacy (London: Ashgate, 1992)
  • The Emergence of Rus, 750-1200 (with Jonathan Shepard) (London & New York: Longman, 1996)
  • Writing, Society, and Culture in Early Rus, c. 950-1300 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002)
  • Byzantium - Rus - Russia: Studies in the Translation of Christian Culture (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2002).
  • (ed., with Emma Widdis), National Identity in Russian Culture. An Introduction (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004)
  • (ed., with Katherine Bowers) Information and Empire: Mechanisms of Communication in Russia 1600-1850 (Cambridge: Open Book Publishers, 2017) [electronic version from https://www.openbookpublishers.com/product/636]

Selected Articles

  • 'Pre-Mongol Rus: New Sources, New Perspectives?' , The Russian Review 60 (2001), 465-473
  • 'Po povodu ''intellektual'nogo molchaniia'' Drevnei Rusi' ['On the ''Intellectual Silence'' of Early Rus']'', Russia Mediaevalis 10 (2001), 262-270
  • 'Byzantium and the Origins of Written Culture in Rus', in: Literacy, Education and Manuscript Transmission in Byzantium and Beyond, ed. Catherine Holmes and Judith Waring (Leiden, Boston, Cologne: Brill, 2002), 187-197
  • 'On the Pre-History of Inscribed Gravestones in Rus' Palaeoslavica 10 (2002), 105-121
  • 'The Igor' Tale: a Bohemian Rhapsody?' , Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History , 6:4 (Fall, 2005), 833-44
  • 'The Culture of Writing', in Sacred Arts and City Life: the Glory of Medieval Novgorod., ed. C. Griffith Man and Evgenia Petrova (Baltimore and St Petersburg, 2005), 35-41
  • 'Kievan Rus (1015-1125)', in The Cambridge History of Russia, vol. 1, ed. Maureen Perrie (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006), 73-97
  • 'On Meanings, Functions and Paradigms of Law in Early Rus', in Russian History, 34 (2007), 63-81.
  • Slavonic Sources', in May Whitby (ed.), Byzantines and Crusaders in Non-Greek Sources, 1025-1204 (Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 122. London: The British Academy, 2007), 157-81
  • (with Maria Mavroudi): 'Graeco-Slavic and Graeco-Arabic Translation Movements and their Cultural Implications: Problems and Possibilities of Comparison', in Byzantinoslavica 65 (2007), 51-67 [part of Franklin & Mavroudi (introd. & contrib.), 'Byzantino-Slavica and Byzantino-Arabica: Studies in the Translation and Transmission of Texts', ibid., 8-67]
  • 'Dirty Old Books', in Picturing Russia: Explorations in Visual Culture, ed. Valerie A. Kivelson and Joan Neuberger (New Haven and London: Yale U.P., 2008), 12-16
  • 'Znachenie drevnerusskoi pismennosti dlia istorii russkoi kulturi': Vestnik Rossiiskoi Akademii nauk 2008, no. 11, 1005-1010
  • 'Printing Moscow: Significances of the Frontispiece to the 1663 Bible', in: Slavonic and East European Review 88 (2010), 73-95
  • 'Printing and Social Control in Russia, 1: Passports', in: Russian History 37.3 (August 2010), 208-237
  • ‘Mapping the Graphosphere: Cultures of Writing in Early 19th-Century Russia (and Before)’, Kritika 12.3 (2011), 531-60
  • ‘Tekhnologiia vlasti v XVIII veke: o zarozhdenii i tipologii “svetskikh” pechatnykh blankov’, in: Trudy Gosudarstvennogo Ermitazha LXXI (St Petersburg: Izdatel’stvo Gosudarstvennogo Ermitazha, 2014), 372-383
  • ‘Printing and Social Control in Russia 3: Blank Forms’, Russian History 42/1 (2015): 114-135
  • ‘A Polyphony of Rules and Categories: the Case of Early Rus’, in: Legalism: Rules and Categories, ed. Paul Dresch and Judith Scheele (Oxford: OUP, 2015), 177-203
  • ‘K voprosu o malykh zhanrakh kirillicheskoi pechati’, in: 450 let Apostolu Ivana Fedorova. Istoriia rannego knigopechataniia v Rossii (pamiatniki, istochniki, traditsii izuchaniia), ed. D. N. Ramazanova (Moscow: Pashkov dom, 2016), 228-239
  • ‘Rost grafosfery v publichnom prostranstve (ok. 1450-1850 gg.)’ in: Trudy Instituta russkogo iazyka imeni V. V. Vinogradova. Vyp. 9 (Moscow: Institut russkogo iazyka RAN, 2016), 238-252
  • 'Three Types of Asymmetry in the Muscovite Engagement with Print’, Canadian-American Slavic Studies 51.2-3 (2017): 351-375