Ertegun Staff and Scholar Profiles

Kelsey Rubin-Detlev

DPhil Medieval & Modern Languages | 2015 Graduate
Nationality: 
American

 

I received my BA in Russian and French from Christ Church, Oxford, and my MA in Slavic Languages and Literatures from Columbia University in New York.  As an Ertegun Scholar, I wrote a DPhil thesis entitled ‘The Letters of Catherine the Great and the Rhetoric of Enlightenment’, under the supervision of Professor Andrew Kahn.  I also undertook with my supervisor a still ongoing pilot project for a Digital Correspondence of Catherine the Great online database, funded by the British Academy/Leverhulme and the John Fell Fund.

In October 2015, I became the Foote Junior Research Fellow in Russian at The Queen’s College, Oxford.  My work as a Junior Research Fellow focuses on revising my thesis into a book and beginning a new project on friendship in eighteenth-century Russia.

I am co-convenor of the TORCH Enlightenment Correspondences Network (http://www.torch.ox.ac.uk/enlightenmentcorr) and co-ordinator of the TORCH Enlightenment Programme/Besterman Centre for the Enlightenment (http://www.torch.ox.ac.uk/enlightenment).

 

PUBLICATIONS

Critical edition of ‘Lettres et réponses de M. Palissot et de Monsieur de Voltaire’, in Voltaire, Œuvres complètes de Voltaire, ed. by Theodore Besterman and others (Oxford: Voltaire Foundation, 1968-), vol. 51A (2015), pp. 245-339.

Review of Prince Charles-Joseph de Ligne, Correspondances russes, 2 vols, ed. by Alexandre Stroev and Jeroom Vercruysse (Paris: Honoré Champion, 2013), French Studies, 68, 2 (April 2014), 249.

Review of Julia V. Douthwaite, The Frankenstein of 1790 and Other Lost Chapters from Revolutionary France (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2012), Journal of European Studies, 43 (June 2013), 175-77.

Contributed editorial notes to Voltaire, Corpus des notes marginales, 8: Rollin-Sommier, ed. by Natalia Elaguina, (Oxford: Voltaire Foundation, 2012).

‘Voltaire and the Affair of the Bottle Conjuror: the authorship of the review of Tristram Shandy in the Gazette littéraire de l’Europe (20 March 1765)’, Revue Voltaire, 12 (June 2012), 285-92.

‘La Correspondance de Voltaire et Catherine II: un jeu de rôle littéraire’, Revue Voltaire, 11 (June 2011), 237-56.

 
 

PRESENTATIONS

14th International Congress for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
‘Voltaire in Catherine the Great’s Poetics of the Letter’ (July 2015).

Enlightenment Correspondences: A Two-Day Workshop, Ertegun House, Oxford
Conference co-organised with Andrew Kahn and funded by the British Academy/Leverhulme Trust.  Presented a paper entitled ‘Catherine the Great’s Letters as Objects of Value’ (June 2015).

American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, CA
‘“Elle a écrit de sa propre main”: Catherine the Great’s Letters in Periodicals and Polemics of Eighteenth-Century France’ (March 2015).

Digital Humanities @ Oxford Summer School Poster Session, University of Oxford
Presented a poster on the ‘Digital Correspondence of Catherine the Great’ project (July 2013).

Early Modern French Seminar: Graduate Research Showcase, University of Oxford
‘“Au rang des plus grands hommes”: Voltaire and the concept of the “grand homme” in the correspondence of Catherine the Great’ (April 2013).

Was there a Russian Enlightenment?, a one-day conference held at Ertegun House, Oxford, co-organizer and presenter, ‘The Enlightenment in the Correspondence of Catherine the Great and Friedrich Melchior Grimm’
(Audio recordings of the entire conference can be found at http://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/series/was-there-russian-enlightenment) (November 2012).
 
The French Language in Russia: An international interdisciplinary conference, University of Bristol
‘An imperial salonnière?  Catherine the Great, Voltaire and Diderot’ (September 2012) (An audio recording of this paper can be found at http://bristol.ac.uk/arts/research/french-in-russia/conference/audioreco...).
 
North East Slavic, East European and Eurasian Conference, Seton Hall University
‘Was there a polemic between Catherine the Great and Nikolai Novikov in 1769?’ (March 2012).
 
Columbia-Princeton Graduate Mini-Conference, Columbia University in New York
‘“Ya ne iz chisla l'stetsov”: Derzhavin and the 17th-Century French Discourse of Flattery’ (March 2011).