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Dr. I.S. (Irina) Souch

Faculty of Humanities
Literature and Linguistics

Visiting address
  • Spuistraat 134
  • Room number: 703
Postal address
  • Postbus 1642
    1000 BP Amsterdam
  • Profile


    Irina Souch is Lecturer in Comparative Literature and Cultural Analysis in the Department of Literature and Linguistics of the University of Amsterdam and holds a position of Affiliated Researcher at the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA). She is the author of the monograph Popular Tropes of Identity in Contemporary Russian Television and Film (Bloomsbury 2017) and a coeditor of the contributed volume Heterotopia and Globalisation in the Twenty-First Century (Routledge 2020).

    Her current work addresses narrative, aesthetic and political functions of landscape in serial television drama and film which requires exploration of various aspects of contemporary critical theory, philosophy, cultural geography, and film and television studies.


    In the academic year 2022- 2023 Irina is teaching the following courses

    Master's Thesis Seminar Compararive Literature / Introduction to Literary and Cultural Analysis / Narratological and Discursive Analysis / Academic Writing 

    Courses taught previously

    Concepts for Cultural Analysis (rMA) / Master's Thesis Seminar Compararive Cultural Analysis / Literary Masterpieces / Literature, Crisis and the Contemporary / Contemporary Critical Theory / Literary and Cultural Theory / Analysis and Interpretation / Introduction to Literary Studies (in Dutch)/ Contexts and Frames / Contemporary Literature: the Extreme Contemporary Novel / Russian 19th Century Literature

    Popular Tropes of Identity in Contemporary Russian Television and Film
    Heterotopia and Globalisation in the Twenty-First Century, eds. Simon Ferdinand, Irina Souch and Daan Wesselman
  • Publications


    • Saunders, R. A., Souch, I., & Waade, A. M. (2023). Screening Arctic Landscapes in Nordic Television Drama: Anthropocenic Imaginaries, Ecological Crises, National Identities. In D. White, J. Peck, & C. Goldie (Eds.), Disturbed Ecologies : Photography, Geopolitics, and the Northern Landscape in the Era of Environmental Crisis (pp. 257-282). Transcript Verlag., [details]
    • Souch, I. S. (2023). The Unknowability of Post-nuclear Landscapes in the Russian Television Series Chernobyl, Exclusion Zone. In Energy/Waste: Approaches to the Environment in Post-Soviet Cultures (pp. 183-204). (Slavica Bergensia). University of Bergen.
    • Souch, I. S. (2023). Troubling the Water: Hydro-imaginaries in Nordic Television Drama. Akademisk Kvarter, 25(1), 51-63. [5].
    • Souch, I. S., & Kenny, I. (2023). When a Real Storm Hits the Shores: Representing Climate Crisis in the Television Series 'The Swell'. Interférences litteraires/literaire interferenties, 27(2), 77. [6].
    • Souch, I. S., Mikhailin, V., & Belyaeva, G. (2023). The waning of the young sincere hero in Averbakh and Maslennikov’s The Private Life of Kuziaev Valentin. Studies in Russian and Soviet Cinema.



    • Ferdinand, S., Souch, I., & Wesselman, D. (Eds.) (2020). Heterotopia and Globalisation in the Twenty-First Century. Routledge. [details]
    • Souch, I. S. (2020). Transformations of the Evil Forest in the Swedish Television Series Jordskott. Nordicom Review, 41(s1), 107-122.
    • Souch, I. S. (2020). Without Witness: Privacy and Normal Life in Late Soviet Cinema. In T. Klepikova, & L. Raabe (Eds.), Outside the "Comfort Zone": Performances and Discourses of Privacy in Late Socialist Europe (pp. 203). (Rethinking the Cold War). De Gruyter.
    • Wesselman, D., Ferdinand, S., & Souch, I. (2020). Introduction: Interrupting Globalisation - Heterotopia in the Twenty-First Century. In S. Ferdinand, I. Souch, & D. Wesselman (Eds.), Heterotopia and Globalisation in the Twenty-First Century (pp. 1-18). London: Routledge. [details]



    • Souch, I. S. (2017). Popular Tropes of Identity in Contemporary Russian Television and Film. (European Cinema). Bloomsbury Academic.
    • Souch, I. S. (2017). Notes on Sincerity in Russian Auteur Cinema of the 2010s. Apparatus: Film, Media and Digital Cultures in Central and Eastern Europe, 4, [4].



    • Souch, I. S. (2015). Tales of Russianness: Post-Soviet identity formation in popular film and television. [details]
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