Andrew Kahn, professor of russian literature at the University of Oxford and 2018-2019 fellow of the Paris IAS was elected Fellow of the British Academy, the UK's national body for the humanities and social sciences – the study of peoples, cultures and societies, past, present and future.
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Andrew Kahn, Professor of Russian Literature, is among the world’s leading scholars of Russian literature. He has written on medieval authorship, on twentieth-century poetry, and on much that lies between. The main focus of his research has been poetry, but his studies of poetry extend into, and are informed by, work on intellectual history.
Andrew Kahn said of his fellowship, ‘Great poets are prisms, refracting the ideas and concerns of their world. I am delighted by recognition of my work to understand how the art of these staggering intelligences expresses their engagement with and experience of the world. This news is a true honour, of course, but also humbling, reminding me that many of the Russian writers I have the privilege to study were never honoured in their lifetimes.’