Irina Souch

Irina Souch is Lecturer in the Department of Literary and Cultural Analysis and Linguistics of the University of Amsterdam and Research Affiliate in the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA). She is the author of Popular Tropes of Identity in Contemporary Russian Television and Film (Bloomsbury 2017) and co-editor of the contributed volume Heterotopia and Globalisation in the Twenty-First Century (Routledge 2020). She is currently working on a book project provisionally titled Landscape and Television: Bodies, Geopolitics, and Ecologies.


Looking at four Russian TV series with incarnations of Miss Marple, Souch considers popular media’s capacity for critical interrogation of contemporary discourses on female ageing. 


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