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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics


Dr Claire Knight

Claire Knight
Affiliated Lecturer
Slavonic Studies
Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages
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Claire completed her PhD on late Stalin-era Soviet cinema at the University of Cambridge in 2014. She has lectured at Cambridge and King’s College London on late Imperial Russian and Soviet history, History & Memory, and historical methodologies. Her publications deal with Anglo-Soviet cultural relations during WWII and trophy films—Hollywood and Nazi films captured by the Red Army in 1945 and ‘corrected' for viewing by Soviet audiences. Claire is currently the Max Hayward Visiting Fellow at the Russian and Eurasian Studies Centre at St Antony’s College, University of Oxford, where she is transforming her dissertation into a monograph entitled, Stalin’s Final Films: Soviet cinema and postwar Stalinism.

Research interests: 
  • Stalin-era Soviet history, particularly the postwar period
  • Soviet cinema and visual culture
  • wartime relations between Britain and the USSR
  • representations of the Soviet Union in Western media
Recent research projects: 
  • PhD dissertation, Soviet Cinema of the Late Stalin Era, 1945-53
Published works: 

‘The Making of the Soviet Ally in British Wartime Popular Press,’ Journalism Studies, August 2013. 

‘Mrs. Churchill Goes to Russia: The wartime gift exchange between Britain and the Soviet Union,’ in "A People Passing Rude": British Responses to Russian Culture, edited by Anthony Cross (Cambridge: Open Book Publishers, 2012).