Edward Tyerman, Associate Professor


Ph.D., Columbia University (Russian and Comparative Literature).
M.Phil, Columbia University (Russian and Comparative Literature—Chinese).
M.A., School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London (Russian Studies).
B.A., University of Oxford (Classics and Modern Languages—Ancient Greek and Russian).

20th- and 21st-century Russian literature; early Soviet culture; late-Soviet and post-Soviet literature and film; Russia and East Asia; literary theory. Recent graduate seminars include “Facts and Fictions: Factographic Strategies in Russian Prose.”

Research interests:
Early Soviet culture; Soviet internationalism; cultural connections and exchanges between Russia and China; Russian and Soviet Orientalism; theories and experiences of post-socialism; politics and aesthetics; subjectivity and self-narration.


Internationalist Aesthetics: Imagining China in Early Soviet Culture (Columbia University Press, 2021)
• “Stalled at Friendship Station: Under Ancient Desert Skies, the Socialist Silk Road, and Cinematic Collaboration on the Eve of the Sino-Soviet Split.” The Russian Review 80, no. 4 (October 2021, Special Issue on Soviet Internationalism): 603–23.
• “Afterword: Mapping Socialism Across Eurasia,” Cross-Currents: East Asian History and Culture Review 28 (September 2018, special issue on “Writing Revolution Across North-East Asia”): 116-123.
• “Sino-Soviet Confessions: Authority, Agency and Autobiography in Sergei Tret’iakov’s Den Shi-khua,” The Russian Review 77, No. 1 (January 2018).
• “Resignifying The Red Poppy: Internationalism and Symbolic Power in the Sino-Soviet Encounter,” Slavic and East European Journal 61, No. 3 (Autumn 2017): 445-466.
• “Productive Rhythms: The Sounds of China through Soviet Ears,” Ulbandus: The Slavic Review of Columbia University, vol. XVI: Hearing Texts: The Auditory in Slavic Literatures, 2014.