Moscow Literature Institute named after A.M. Gorky

IWL RAS is the central research institution in the field of literature and folklore studies in Russia.


Its program includes coordinated studies of Russian and international literary heritage and folklore, and development of the fundamental base for source studies, textology, hermeneutics and comparative studies utilizing interdisciplinary techniques, analytical methods and digital technologies.


The aim of the research currently conducted in IWL RAS is to substantially broaden the perception of literature in its development and to formulate a novel conception of literary process of nations of the world.


Faculties of Moscow Literature Institute named after A.M. Gorky:

  • Department of Theory of Literature
  • Department of Folklore
  • Department of Ancient Slavic Literatures
  • Department of Classical Russian Literature
  • Department of Russian Literature of Late 19th and Early 20th Centuries
  • Department of New Russian Literature and Literature of the Near Abroad
  • Department of Studying and Publishing A.M.Gorky’s Work
  • Department of Literature of Russia’s Ethnicities and the CIS Coutries
  • Department of Classical Western Literature and Comparative Literary Studies
  • Department of European and American Contemporary Literature
  • Department of African and Asian Literature
  • Department of “Literaturnoe Nasledstvo”
  • Department of Manuscripts
  • Board of Directors IT Group
  • Editorial and Publishing Department
  • Department of Post-Graduate Studies
  • Department of Finance
  • Department of Buildings Maintenance

Student Accommodation

Each room in the apartment is equipped with: a bed, beddings, desk and chair, curtains. Bathroom is shared between double and triple roommates​.

Shared facilities (for all the international students): Refrigerator, microwave, kitchen-range, toaster, TV, cooking utensils (pot, fry-ing pan, knife, cutting board, etc.), laundry room. Free Wi-Fi is available.​

Moscow City

Moscow is the capital of Russia, the largest city in the country and Europe, and one of the largest cities in the world. Moscow refers to global cities having a great influence on the world because of its high economic level and population. It is the main transport hub of Russia, its political, economic, cultural, and scientific center.


Moscow features

Moscow is located in the center of the European part of Russia, between the rivers Oka and Volga. The climate is moderate continental: heavy frosts and extreme heat are rare. The average temperature in January – minus 7.2 degrees Celsius, in July – plus 20.4 degrees Celsius.

The city has the status of a separate federal subject of the Russian Federation. It is the smallest federal subject by land area.

The name of the city as well as the names of many other cities around the world, is bound with the name of the river it is standing on (the Moskva River). The river was called this way long before the settlement appeared. It is unknown who named it and what this name means. There are two main versions: Finnio-Ugric and Slavic.

According to the first one, the word “Moskva” is derived from the Finno-Ugric language group which means “river-bear”. The Slavic theory points to the stem “mosk” denoting “marshy” or “moisture, liquid, marshland, dampness”.

The city is surrounded by 6 airports, 9 railway stations, and 3 river ports. Moscow has developed a fabulous metro (subway) system. The first stations were built in 1935.

Moscow is the largest Russian financial center. About half of Russian banks are located in Moscow. Most of the largest companies are registered and have head offices in Moscow, although their manufactures might be located thousands of km from the city.

The city is the most important center of retail sales in Russia. Moscow represents about 30% of all commodities sold in Russia.

Moscow is also a large scientific center. There are a lot of scientific research institutes carrying out research in many branches, such as nuclear power, microelectronics, space exploration and other promising directions.

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