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Anna VaninskayaAnna Vaninskaya


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Outline Biography

Dr Anna Vaninskaya was born in Russia and grew up in the United States, where she completed a BA and MA in English Literature at the University of Denver. 

She came to the UK as a Marshall Scholar in 2003, and after completing a D.Phil. in English Literature at the University of Oxford, she held a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship with the Cambridge Victorian Studies Group and a Junior Research Fellowship in English at King's College, Cambridge.

She was appointed Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh in 2010. Dr Vaninskaya is the author of William Morris and the Idea of Community: Romance, History and Propaganda, 1880-1914 (Edinburgh UP, 2010), as well as over twenty articles and book chapters on topics ranging from Chesterton, Orwell, Tolkien, Chukovsky and Stoppard to nineteenth-century socialism, education, popular reading, historical cultures and immigration. She has edited special issues of Nineteenth-Century Contexts, the Journal of William Morris Studies, the Oscholars, and 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century.

Research Interests

Dr Vaninskaya's research focuses on the fin de siècle and the Edwardian period, and she is interested in the following topics in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries: the intersection between literature and politics, socialist propaganda, working and lower-middle class writing, the 'middlebrow', utopia/dystopia, Englishness and patriotism, views of the past, romance, the fantastic and children's literature, the history of reading and education, the rise of English, Anglo-Russian literary relations and immigrant writing in Britain.  She has worked in intellectual, cultural and book history,  genre and reception studies, as well as on individual authors such as William Morris, H. G.  Wells, G. K. Chesterton, Robert Tressell, George Orwell, J. B.  Priestley, J. R. R. Tolkien, and C. S. Lewis.  She welcomes research proposals in late-Victorian and Edwardian literature and culture, as well as any of the topics listed above.

Research activity

Dr Vaninskaya is working on two new projects: an anthology tentatively entitled Britain Through Russian Eyes, 1900-1920, and a monograph on Time, Death and the Making of Modern Fantasy.


Publications list for Anna Vaninskaya


Projects supervised by Anna Vaninskaya


  • ‘The Making of Modern Fantasy’ (Year 3 Option)
  • ‘George Orwell and the Politics of Literature’ (Year 4 Option)
  • ‘Romanticism and Victorian Society 1815-1900’ (MSc Core)
  • Undergraduate and MSc disseration supervision
  • English Literature 2

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