Lida Oukaderova

Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin
M.A. University of Texas at Austin
Magister Martin-Luther University, Halle, Germany

Research Areas

History and Theory of Film; History of European Cinema; Russian and Soviet Cinema

Lida Oukaderova specializes in the history and theory of film, with particular focus on European and Russian cinema. She recently finished her book The Cinema of the Soviet Thaw: Space, Materiality, Movement, which examines conceptions of space in Soviet film of the 1950s and 1960s. The book pursues close readings of key films of the period in the context of contemporaneous spatial developments, including shifts in architecture and urban planning; developing interest in urban mobility; new pushes to “conquer” nature, and the gender-driven organization of private and public environments. Among the directors examined are Mikhail Kalatozov, Georgy Danelia, Kira Muratova and Larisa Shepitko; the book also includes a chapter on critical debates surrounding Soviet panoramic cinema.

Dr. Oukaderova has begun working on her next book, The Space of Ethics in Soviet/Russian Cinema, which traces the evolution of modes of ethical looking in Soviet and post-Soviet cinema from the 1960s on, including works by Marlen Khutsiev, Kira Muratova, and Andrei Zviagintsev; the book also examines Soviet documentary films related to the history of post-colonialism and the countries of the “third world.”

Selected Articles and Essays

"Revolution through Motion: Soy Cuba, 1964." in 100 Years of Soviet CInema (Leda Tapes Organization, Melbourne), forthcoming.

Book review, Gunny v Parizhe, Slavic Review, forthcoming.

I am Cuba and the Space of the Revolution,” Film and History, 44(2) 2014, 4-21.

"The Sense of Movement in Georgy Danelia's Walking the Streets of Moscow, Studies in Russian and Soviet Cinema 4(1), 2010, 5-21.

"Money, Translation and Subjectivty in Isaak Babel's 'Guy de Maupassant." Yearbook of Comparative and General Literature, 50 (2002-2003) : 161-168.


The Cinema of the Soviet Thaw: Space, Materiality, Movement (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2017)

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