Anna Vaninskaya

Senior Lecturer

Background

Anna Vaninskaya is a Senior Lecturer in English Literature and a Fellow of the Edinburgh Futures Institute.  She is the author of William Morris and the Idea of Community: Romance, History and Propaganda, 1880-1914 (Edinburgh University Press, 2010) and Fantasies of Time and Death: Dunsany, Eddison, Tolkien (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020), as well as over forty articles and book chapters on topics ranging from Orwell, Chesterton, Chukovsky and Stoppard to nineteenth-century socialism, education, popular reading, historical cultures, immigration and Anglo-Russian cultural perceptions.  She has edited special issues of Studies in Scottish Literature, Nineteenth-Century Contexts, the Journal of William Morris Studies, the Oscholars, and 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century, is on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of William Morris Studies, and is the creator of the 'Scotland-Russia: Cultural Encounters Since 1900' archive.  Anna came to the University of Edinburgh in 2010, after holding a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship with the Cambridge Victorian Studies Group and a Junior Research Fellowship in English at King's College, Cambridge.

Qualifications

University of Oxford: Doctor of Philosophy in English Literature (Marshall Scholar)

University of Denver: Master of Arts in English Literature

University of Denver: Bachelor of Arts in English Literature

Responsibilities & affiliations

Edinburgh Futures Institute Fellow

Undergraduate teaching

  • ‘The Making of Modern Fantasy’ (Year 3 Option)
  • ‘George Orwell and the Politics of Literature’ (Year 4 and MSc Option)
  • ‘Modern Love: Victorian Poetry and Prose' (Year 4 Core and MSc Option)
  • Disseration supervision
  • English Literature 2
  • Scottish Literature 2

Postgraduate teaching

  • ‘Romanticism and Victorian Society 1815-1900’ (MSc Core)
  • 'The Victorians and the Past' (MSc Option)
  • Disseration supervision

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?

Yes

Current PhD students supervised

Rupert Spurrier - 'The Radical Imaginary: Cobbett, Owen and Morris'

Elliott Greene - 'Constructed Binaries in Contemporary Fantasy Literature'

Past PhD students supervised

Anahit Behrooz (2020) - 'Mapping Middle-earth: Tracing Environmental and Political Narratives in the Literary Geographies and Cartographies of J.R.R Tolkien's Legendarium'

Muireann Crowley (2020) - 'The Hand that traced the First Line of this Ferrago: Cosmpolitan Authorship and Artistry in the Early Novels of Sydney Owenson'

Emily Doucet (2014) - '"Us Poor Singers": Victorians and The Earthly Paradise - Audience, Community, and Storytelling in William Morris' First Success'

Maxim Shadurski (2013) - 'The Nationality of a World State: (Re)Constructions of England in Utopian Fiction'

Simon Mernagh - 'The Irish Weird'

Project activity

Anna Vaninskaya is editing a translated anthology, 'Edwardian London through the Eyes of Russian Foreign Correspondents' for the London Record Society, and was PI of the research project 'Scotland and Russia: Cultural Encounters Since 1900':

http://www.scotland-russia.llc.ed.ac.uk/

https://scholarcommons.sc.edu/ssl/vol44/iss1/

Past project grants

The Royal Society of Edinburgh Arts and Humanities Network Award
University of Edinburgh College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Challenge Investment Fund

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