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Dr Ruth A Coates

B.A.(Bristol), D.Phil(Oxon.)

  • BS8 1TE

19962019

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Research interests

Ruth Coates specialises in nineteenth and early twentieth-century Russian intellectual history. Her research interests are in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Russian religious thought, Russian Orthodox theology and culture and its influence on secular Russian thought, and the work of the twentieth-century philosopher and literary theorist Mikhail Bakhtin. 

She is the author of Christianity in Bakhtin: God and the Exiled Author (CUP, 1998) and co-editor of The Emancipation of Russian Christianity (Edwin Mellen, 1995) and Landmarks Revisited: The Vekhi Symposium 100 Years On (Academic Studies Press, 2013).

Her most recent book, Deification in Russian Religious Thought: Between the Revolutions, 1905-1917 (OUP, 2019) is a study of the reception of the Greek patristic doctrine of deification in late imperial Russian religious thought, with a focus on works by D. Merezhkovskii, N. Berdiaev, S. Bulgakov, and P. Florensky.

Ruth Coates has acted as primary supervisor of theses on deification in the work of Vladimir Solov'ev, the early reception of St Seraphim of Sarov, female characters in early Dostoevsky, and the reception of Dostoevsky in the 1890s.

She welcomes enquiries about potential supervision of postgraduate research projects in the following fields:

  • Russian religious thought
  • Russian philosophy and the history of ideas
  • Russian Orthodox culture and its reception in literature and thought
  • Dostoevsky
  • Bakhtin

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Research Output

  • Religious Freedom in Modern Russia, ed. by Randall A. Poole and Paul W. Werth

    Coates, R. A., 2019, In : Journal of Orthodox Christian Studies. 2, 2, p. 227-228 2 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review (Academic Journal)

    Open Access

    The Image of Christ in Russian Literature: Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Bulgakov, Pasternak, by John Givens (DeKalb: Northern Illinois University Press, 2018)

    Coates, R., 2019, In : The Russian Review. 78, 3, p. 502-503 2 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review (Academic Journal)

    Activities

    Russian Modernism and Beyond: a Celebration of Mike Basker's Career

    Ruth A Coates (Organiser)

    30 May 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

    An Excess of Seeing: The Pasts, Presents and Futures of Mikhail Bakhtin

    Ruth A Coates (Invited speaker)

    6 Dec 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

    Translation Studies (Journal)

    Ruth A Coates (Peer reviewer)

    Jun 2019

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review

    Supervised Work

    The Early Lives of St Serafim of Sarov, 1840-49: the Making of a Modern Saint

    Author: Flew, P. M., 23 Jan 2020

    Supervisor: Coates, R. A. (Supervisor) & Knight, C. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Master's ThesisMaster of Philosophy (MPhil)

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