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School of Languages, Linguistics and Film

Galin Tihanov, PhD (Sofia), DPhil (Oxon), MAE


George Steiner Professor of Comparative Literature

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 5912
Room Number: Arts One 1.18
Office Hours: Tuesdays, 11am-1pm


Galin Tihanov is the George Steiner Professor of Comparative Literature at Queen Mary University of London. He is the author of five books and (co)editor of eleven volumes of scholarly essays. His most recent book is The Birth and Death of Literary Theory: Regimes of Relevance in Russia and Beyond (2019) which won the 2020 AATSEEL Prize for Best Book in Literary Studies. Tihanov has held visiting professorships at universities in Europe, North and South America, and Asia. His work in intellectual history and on cosmopolitanism, world literature, and exile has been widely translated. He is elected member of Academia Europaea, member of the Executive Committee of the Institute for World Literature (Harvard University), and honorary scientific advisor to the Institute of Foreign Literatures (CASS, Beijing); he also sits on the editorial/advisory boards of journals and monograph series in the US, Europe, Russia, Brazil, China, and India. He is currently completing Cosmopolitanism: A Very Short Introduction for Oxford UP.

On World Literature, Exile and Cosmopolitanism: An Interview with Professor Galin Tihanov [PDF 1,470KB]

On Migration, Exile, and the Resistance to Theory


Research Interests:

Comparative Literature and Cultural History, esp. Russian, German, and Central- and East-European Culture and Thought (19th-20th c.) and German, Russian, Bulgarian and Polish literatures in their relation to intellectual and cultural history (19th-20th c.); World Literature; History of Ideas; Continental, British, and American Literary and Cultural Theory; Cosmopolitanism and its Genealogies; Exile and Migration (esp. 20th century Central- and East-European exile); Construction of European Identities; Marxism and Post-Marxism; Mikhail Bakhtin; Olga Freidenberg; The Russian Formalists; Gustav Shpet; Boris Yarkho; Osip Mandelstam; German Post-Romanticism; German Conservatism (esp. 20th century); Goethe; Dilthey; Simmel; Heidegger; Carl Schmitt; Oswald Spengler; Ernst Jünger; Robert Musil; Hermann Broch; Elias Canetti; Heiner Müller; Alexandre Kojève; Russian avant-garde visual culture.