Казбек Камилович  Султанов

DSc in Philology,

Head of the Department of Literature of the Peoples of Russia and CIS, IWL RAS,


Education: graduated from the Philology Department, Dagestan State University cum laude in 1968

PhD thesis:

The Main Trends in the Development of Dagestan poetry. History. Poetics, A.M. Gorky Institute of World Literature of USSR Academy of Sciences (1974)

DSc (Habil.) thesis:

Soviet Multinational Novel in the 1970-80s: Problems of Development and Dynamics of the Genre in the Context of Literary Exchange (1989)

Research interests: history and methodology of the ethnic literary studies in Russia: the search for a new paradigm, national identity and cultural universals, textual axiology and ethno-cultural paradigm, “friend-foe” attitude to the foreign world as a literary subject.

Professional service

Member of the Editorial Board, Bulletin of the Dagestan University. Philological Series.

Member of the Editorial Board, Studia Litterarum 

Awards and Distinctions

Medal of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation "For Irreproachable Work and Distinction" 3rd Degree (Order of the Ministry of Education and Science of Russia, September 17, 2021, no. 859)

Laureate of the State Prize of the Republic of Dagestan (2003)

Honored Scientist of the Republic of Dagestan (1996)

Diploma of the President of the Republic Of Sakha (Yakutia) (2011)

V.Ya. Bryusov Medal “For the contribution to the development of Russian-Armenian humanitarian and cultural ties” (2009)


Academic publications — over 300 publications, including 8 monographs and edited collections.

Selected publications


  • Refraction Angle. Literature and Identity: The Communication Aspect. Moscow, IWL RAS Publ., 2019. In Russ.
  • From Home towards the World. Ethno-National Identity in Literature and Intercultural Dialogue. Moscow, Nauka Publ., 2007. In Russ.
  • National Consciousness and the Question of Value in Literature. Moscow, IWL RAS Publ., 2001. In Russ.
  • Dynamics of the Genre. The Specific and the Typical in the Modern Novel. Moscow, Nauka Publ., 1989. In Russ.

Selected edited collections 

  • The Study of National Literature. Discourses of Identity in the Shifting Contexts, ex. ed. K.K. Sultanov. Moscow, IWL RAS Publ., 2017. In Russ.
  • Literary Abroad. Persons. Books. Problems, ed. by K.K. Sultanov et al. Moscow, IWL RAS Publ., 2015. In Russ.
  • Studying the History of a National Literature. Theory. Methodology. Modern Aspects, ex. ed. K.K. Sultanov. Moscow, IWL RAS Publ., 2014. In Russ.
  • Literary Classics within the Dialogue of Cultures, issue 3, ed. by  K.K. Sultanov et al. Moscow, IWL RAS Publ., 2014. In Russ.     

Selected Essays

  • “The Epic Time and the Artistic Time. On the Issue of Genetic Memory of Literature.” Literature of the Peoples of Russia, vol. 1: Author. Text. Genesis, ex. ed. Burustan S. Zulumyan. Moscow, IWL RAS Publ., 2022. 376 p. https://doi.org/10.22455/Lit.PR-978-5-9208-0527-0-2022-1
  • “The Last Dagestan European: Nostalgic Myth in Prose and Painting by Khalilbek Musayasul.” Polylinguality and Transcultural Practices, no. 19 (2), 2022, pp. 175–192. In Russ. DOI: 10.22363/2618-897X-2022-19-2-175-192
  • “Return of the Works of Outstanding Caucasian Scholars.” Traditsionnaia kul'tura, vol. 21, no. 3, 2020, pp. 176–180. In Russ.
  • “National Worldview in the Era of Globalism.” Culture in a Global World. Scientific Collection. Almaty, Print express Publ., 2020, pp. 276–293. In Russ.
  • “Self-Sufficiency of Diversity or Dialogue of Differences? In Search of a New Model of Interliterary and Intercultural Dialogue.” Literaturnaia Kabardino-Balkariia, no. 1, 2020, pp.145–163. In Russ.
  • “‘Special’ Does not Mean ‘Separate’, or Dialogue as a Problem.” Russian Literature: the Twentieth Century and the Present. Moscow, MAKS Press Publ., 2020, pp. 160–175. In Russ.
  • “‘All Living Things are Modern.’ Andrey Bitov and ‘National Question’.” Zvezda, no. 9, 2020, pp. 219–233. In Russ.
  • “Difficult Entry into Modernity: Tradition as a Problem and National Narrative.” Voprosy literatury, no. 5, 2020, pp. 13–53. In Russ.
  • “Tradition in the Post-Traditional World: National Literature as Experience of Prolongation.” Studia Litterarum, vol. 5, no. 3, 2020, pp. 10–43. In Russ.
  • “Succession or Rupture — There is no Third Choice: Tradition as a Spiritual Resource.” National Literature of Russia in a Multicultural Space: Spiritual, Moral and Consolidating Potential. Elista, Kalmytskii nauchnyi tsentr RAN Publ., 2019, pp. 14–29. In Russ.
  • “‘God Will not Leave You ...’ Selected Rubayas of Jelaleddin Balkhi Rumi Translated into Russian (Prague, 2017).” Dagestan, no. 4 (151), 2018, pp. 57–62. In Russ.
  • “Historical Memory and National Narrative.” M.O. Auezov and Spiritual Revival of the Nation. Almaty, Print express Publ., 2018, pp. 25–38. In Russ.
  • “National Literature: on the Correlation of ‘Value System’ and ‘Ethnocultural Specifics’.” Problems of Comparative Literary Studies and Folklore Studies of the Ural-Volga Region. Cheboksary, ChGIG Publ., 2018, pp. 160–178. In Russ.
  • “National Specificity and Artistic Value: At the Crossroads of Ethnocultural Discourse and Axiological Critique.” Studia Litterarum, vol. 3, no. 2, 2018, pp. 230–252. In Russ.
  • “Past in Present: Historical Memory as a Resource of Self-Identification in Post-Soviet Literature.” Problems of Studying National Literatures. Identity Discourse in Changing Contexts. Moscow, IWL RAS Publ., 2017, pp. 4–48. In Russ.

  • “The Will to Clarity, or Philologist’s Craft.” How it Was and How it Was Remembered. St. Petersburg, Aleteiia Publ., 2017, pp. 481–496. In Russ.

  • “‘Homo, qui Meminit’ in Literature: Historical Memory as a Regulator of Identity.” Event in History, Memory and Narratives of Identity, ed. by L.P. Repina. Moscow, Aquilon Publ., Institut vseobshchei istorii RAN Publ., 2017, pp. 49–96. In Russ.
  • “Russian-Language Literature as a Cultural Phenomenon and an Object of Research.” Stephanos, no. 3, 2016, pp. 154–162. In Russ.

  • “Ethnocultural Paradigm and Civilizational Approach in the Study of Literatures of Peoples of Russia.” Proceedings of the Department of Historical and Philological Sciences. 2015. Moscow, Nauka Publ., 2016, pp. 42–63. In Russ.

  • “From the ‘Unity of Diversity’ to the ‘Unity-in-the-Diversity’? (Sharing the Experience of Studying Literature of the Peoples of Russia).” Voprosy literatury, no. 1, 2016, pp. 67–103. In Russ.
  • “Representation of the Past as the Major Factor of Self-Identity in the Post-Soviet Literature.” Studia Litterarum, vol. 1, no. 1–2, 2016, pp. 282–301. In Russ.
  • “Identity Discourse: Communicative Aspect.” Unity of Diversity. Sakha Literature in the Context of Cultures Dialogue. Collection of Scientific Articles Based on the Materials of All-Russian Scientific Conference. Yakutsk, IGIiPMNS SO RAN Publ., 2015, pp. 7–20. In Russ.

  • “Memorial Paradigm and Literature as a ‘Second Reality’.” Dialogue with a Time. Almanac of Intellectual History, issue 51. Moscow, Akvilon Publ., 2015, pp. 24–44. In Russ.

  • “‘Every Nation is Gifted with a Special Talent for Seeing the World’. On the National Studies of Georgy Gachev.” National Images of the World in Artistic Culture: Proceedings of the International Scientific Conference to the 85th Birth Anniversary of Literary Critic, Philosopher, Culturologist G.D. Gacheva. Nalchik, Izdatel'stvo M. i V. Kotliarovykh Publ., 2015, pp. 50–62. In Russ.

  • “Reconstruction of the ‘National Image’, or the Discovery of the Other.” Filologicheskie nauki, no. 2, 2015, pp. 86–99. In Russ.
  • “On the ‘Ethno-Cultural Turn’ in the Literary Study of the Peoples of Russia.” Stephanos, no. 2, 2015, pp. 10–19. In Russ.
  • “‘The Factor of Mental National Life.’ Covering Literature and Culture in the Pages of the Newspaper ‘Istanbul News’ (1909–1910).” Literary Abroad. Faces. Books. Problems, issues 7–8. Moscow, IWL RAS Publ., 2015, pp. 55–72. In Russ.
  • “Spiritual Exodus to the Caucasus. Rereading Lermontov.” Lermontov, Russia, Caucasus: Movement in Time. Materials of the International Scientific Conference. Nalchik, Tetragraf Publ., 2014, pp. 187–207. In Russ.

  • “Cultural Differences — a Prerequisite for Dialogue or a ‘Stumbling Block’?” Literary Criticism at the Present Stage: The First Russian–Ukrainian Readings — Dialogue of Slavic Cultures. Tambov, 2014, pp. 20–36. In Russ.

  • “Identity by Aitmatov, or the Universality of the Special.” Voprosy literatury, no. 3, 2014, pp. 16–44. In Russ.  
  • “‘Alien’ or ‘Unknown’? Dialogue as a Structural and Semantic Principle in Tolstoy’s ‘Caucasian Texts’.” Literary Classics in the Dialogues of Cultures, issue 3. Moscow, IWL RAS Publ., 2014, pp. 4–77. In Russ.
  • “In Search of the Lost Original. Reality and Nostalgic Myth in Prose by H. Musayasul.” Literary Abroad. Faces. Books. Problems, issue VI. Moscow, IWL RAS Publ., 2012, pp. 4–21. In Russ.

  • “Presumption of Interdependence. Difference as the Basis of Interliterary Dialogue.” National cultures: Theory, Practice, Methodology. Moscow; Armavir, IWL RAS Publ., Armavirskii lingvisticheskii sotsial'nyi institut Publ., 2011, pp. 42–55. In Russ.

  • “From Raid to Hadji Murad. Caucasian Theme in the Context of Leo Tolstoy.” Literary Classics in the Dialogue of Cultures, issue 2. Moscow, IWL RAS Publ., 2011, pp. 66–88. In Russ.

 Scopus, Web of Science

  • “The Encyclopaedia of V.I. Belov’s that’s how it is [Privychnoe Delo]: a Monograph.”Voprosy Literatury, no. 5, 2022, pp. 290–296. DOI: 10.31425/0042-8795-2022-5-290-296. In Russ.
  • “Between the Issues of the Day and the Transcendent. Gayto Gazdanov: from Autobiographism to Metanarration.” Voprosy Literatury, no. 2, 2022, pp. 13–39. DOI: 10.31425/0042-8795-2022-2-13-39. In Russ.

  • “Re-discovering Evolution: A National Literature between Tautology and Renewal.” Studia Litterarum, vol. 6, no. 4, 2021, pp. 42–67. (In Russ.) https://doi.org/10.22455/2500-4247-2021-6-4-42-67

  • “Ways of Character Self-Identification in I. Abuzyarov’s Prose.” Astra Salvensis — review of history and culture, no. 10, 2017, year V, pp. 65–71. (Co-authored with A.N. Nabiullina, V.R. Amineva). In English
  • “Crossing the Terek, or The Two Banks of Life’s One River. Rereading Tolstoy.” Russian Studies in Literature, vol. 48, no. 3, 2012, pp. 25–56. In English