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Philologist Mikhail Andreev Becomes Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences

Mikhail AndreevMikhail Andreev

Leading researcher at the Poletayev Institute for Theoretical and Historical Studies in the Humanities, respected Russian Italian studies specialist and expert on literature of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, Mikhail Andreev, has been made Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

In 1973, he graduated from the Romance and Germanic Languages department of MSU’s Philological Faculty, in 1977 he defended his dissertation on the ‘Problem of Time in Dante’s Divine Comedy’ and in 1992 he defended his doctoral dissertation on ‘The  Origins of the Medieval European Drama’.

He has been at HSE since 2002, and is one of the founders of the Institute for Theoretical and Historical Studies. He is the leading Russian Italian studies specialist and recognized expert in a number of areas in research into the Middle Ages and Renaissance. His research interests include the history of literature in Italy, France, Spain, England, comparative literature studies, poetry history, and literary theory.  He developed a new approach to the origins of drama in Medieval Europe, identified structural aspects of classical European comedies, and looked at historical poetics and the Renaissance tradition of the Chivalric romance.

He is one of the main authors of the academic volume ‘The History of Italian Literature’ as well as about 250 academic publications, including 5 monographs. A monograph on historical poetry in dramatic genres has been approved for publication.

He is also the editor-in-chief of ‘The World Tree’, a member of the Bureau of the Renaissance Commission under the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Scientific Council for World Culture, and an honorary member of the Italian Dante Society (Florence), member of the editorial board of the magazine Letteratura Italiana Antica (Rome), and Questions of Literature, a member of the editorial board of the magazine Italianistica (Pisa), and the imprint ‘Literary Monuments’.



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