Jeppe Heino Hansen

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Department of Modern Languages
Doctoral researcher

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PhD Title: The Superfluous and the Colonised: Self-Colonisation in Russian Literature
Supervisors: Dr Isobel Palmer and Dr Berny Sebe
PhD Russian Studies


  • Master of Arts in Russian Literature (Lund University, 2020)


I began my undergraduate studies at the University of Copenhagen in 2013, gaining a Bachelor of Arts degree in Russian and Comparative Literature in 2017. The same year, I commenced master level studies in Russian Literature on the programme “Literature, Culture, Media” at Lund University receiving my degree as Master of Arts in Russian Literature in early 2020. In September of 2020 I began my doctoral research at the University of Birmingham.


With my dissertation, I will present Russian literature from 1790 to 1940 in the light of self-colonisation theory. I will present analyses of pivotal works of Russian literature grounded in postcolonial and self-colonisation theories, which will enhance our understanding of Russian literary and cultural history. To that end, I will explore the connection between self-colonisation and the concept of the superfluous man (lishnyi chelovek), central to Russian literary production. I will explore how Russia has colonised itself and how the concept of selfcolonisation has affected Russian literary production, and the establishment of the concept of superfluity, thus shedding new light on Russian literary history.

Other activities

  • 2015: “Russian Identity and Weather in the Short Stories of Pushkin, Gogol, and Tolstoy” – presented at the Higher School of Economics, Saint Petersburg.
  • 2018: “Russian Literature and Postcolonialism” – presented at the “Young Russia Experts” conference at the University of Copenhagen.
  • 2021: “Hybridity and Superfluity in Two Russian Tales of Empire: Mikhail Lermontov’s A Hero of Our Time and Alisa Ganieva’s The Mountain and the Wall” – presented at the “Showcasing Empires: The legacy of Colonialism on Post-Imperial Societies” virtual conference hosted by the University of Birmingham