Ksenia Shmydkaya’s research focuses on the representation of history in the fiction created by women writers in the inter-war Europe. By using a comparative approach to these drastically different in style and subject matter literary works she seeks to explore an intellectual climate (both on the national and transnational levels) through the lens of the female experience and to answer an overarching question : what was it like and why would one write historical fiction at the age when history as a discipline and the role of a historian were under intense scrutiny?”