Михаил Леонидович Андреев

Doctor Habil.

Director of Research at IWL RAS.

Corresponding member of RAS (since October 2016)


Education: graduated from the Chair of Roman and German Philology, Philology Department, Lomonosov Moscow State University (1973)


PhD thesis:

The Problem of Time in Dante’s Divine Comedy (1977)

Dsc (Habil.) thesis:

The Origins of Medieval European Drama (1992)

Research interests:  history of Italian, French, Spanish, and British literature, comparative studies, historical poetics, literary theory, culture studies.

Professional service

Editor-in-Chief and one of the leading authors of the multi-volume History of Italian Literature

Member of the Renaissance committee at the Academic Counsel on World Culture, RAS

Member of the Editorial Board of the series Literaturnie Pamyatniki [Literary Works]

Member of the Editorial Board of the journal Studia Letterarum

Member of the Editorial Board of the journal Voprosi Literaturi

Member of the Editorial Board of the journal Letteratura italiana antica (Rome)

Member of the Editorial Counsel of the journal Italianistica (Pisa)


Awards and distinctions

Winner of the Gogol award in Italy (2012)

Honored member of the Italian Dante Society (2010)

Winner of the Flaiano award in Italian Studies (2008)


Academic publications — over 250 publications, including 5 monographs.


Selected publications


  • Classic European Comedy: Structure and Forms. Moscow: RSUH Press, 2001. In Russ.


  • Italian Literature. Topics and Characters. Moscow: RSUH Press, 2001. In Russ.
  • Chivalric Romance in the Early Modern Time. Moscow: Nauka-Nasledie Publ., 1993. In Russ.


  • Medieval European Drama. Origins and Development (Tenth-Eighteenth Centuries). Moscow: Iskusstvo Publ., 1989. In Russ.


  • Italian Literature of Mid- and Late Renaissance (co-authored with R.I. Khlodkovsky). Moscow: Nauka Publ., 1988. In Russ.

Selected edited collections


  • “Double Crown.” Medieval Epos and Drama in Latin in Gasparov’s Translations. Moscow: RSUH Press, 2012. In Russ.


  • A Song of the Crusades among Albigenses. Moscow: Ladomir Publ. “Literaturnie Pamyatniki series,” 2011. In Russ.


  • Man – Culture –History. In Honor of L.M. Batkin’s 70-year Anniversary. Moscow: RSUH Press, 2002. In Russ.


  • History of Italian Literature. 1–3. Moscow: Nasledie / A.M. Gorky Institute of World Literature Press, 2000–2012. In Russ.

Selected Essays

  • “L’unità narrativa nell’Orlando Furioso.” Italianistica. 2015, vol. 44, no 1. P. 61–72. In Italian.
  • “Tragicomedies of Carlo Goldoni.” Studia litterarum. 2016, 1, no 3–4. P. 70–81. In Russ.
  • “The Plots of the Farce” Vestnik RGGU 6 (15), Arbor mundi. 2016, no 22. P. 120–135. In Russ.
  • “Foreign Literature: What and Why Do We Study?” Proceedings of the Department of History and Philology RAS-2015. Moscow: Nauka Publ., 2016. P. 18–22. In Russ.
  • “Five Types of Classical Comedy.” Voprosy literaturi. 2016, no P. 190–220. In Russ.
  • “М.L. Gasparov as Ariosto’s Translator” Voprosy literaturi 2015, no 5. P. 25–31. In Russ.
  • “About One Half-Presence in the World of Laughter of Bakhtian Rabelais”. Voprosy literaturi. 2015, no P. 211–218. In Russ.
  • “Il Rinascimento italiano come specchio del nichilismo russo.” Rinascimento e antirinascimento. Firenze nella cultura russa fra Otto e Novecento. A cura di L.Tonini. Firenze: Leo S. Olschki, 2012. P. 45–51. In Italian.
  • “Dante in Russia.” Rivista di poesia comparata. 2007, vol. 1, no XXXVI. P. 29–31. In Italian.
  • “Il personaggio e l’intreccio nel teatro di Ostrovskij.” Il personaggio in letteratura. Napoli, Edizioni scientifiche italiane, 2004. P. 233–239. In Italian.
  • “Il romanzo cavalleresco nel Rinascimento.” Esperienze letterarie. 1994, no 1. P. 3–13. In Italian.
  • “La struttura del ‘Filocolo.’” Cultura meridionale e letteratura italiana. I modelli narrativi dell'età moderna. Napoli: Loffredo, 1985. P. 39–50. In Italian.
  • “Il primo Rinascimento italiano nella critica sovietica degli anni 1960–1970.” Il Rinascimento. Aspetti e problemi attuali. Firenze: Leo S. Olschki, P. 185–194. In Italian.


Teaching experience


1994–2010 — lecture courses “Renaissance Culture” and “History of Italian Literature” at the Historico-Philological Department of the Russian State University for the Humanities (RSUH)

Invited lectures at the universities of Venice, Losanna, Naples, Trento, Urbino, and Warsaw

Feb. 9-10, 2011 two lectures “Ascent to Dante” at the TV channel “Culture” (Academia series).