Anna Vaninskaya

Senior Lecturer

Background

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.  She is the author of William Morris and the Idea of Community: Romance, History and Propaganda, 1880-1914 (Edinburgh UP, 2010) and Fantasies of Time and Death: Dunsany, Eddison, Tolkien (forthcoming from Palgrave Macmillan), as well as over forty articles and book chapters on topics ranging from Chesterton, Orwell, Chukovsky and Stoppard to nineteenth-century socialism, education, popular reading, historical cultures, and immigration.  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.

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

Anahit Behrooz - 'Historicising the Geographical and Cultural role of Maps in J.R.R. Tolkien's Legendarium'

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

Past PhD students supervised

Simon Mernagh - 'The Irish Weird'

Muireann Crowley - 'Authorship and Authorial Identity in the 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'

Research summary

Anna Vaninskaya's research focuses on the fin de siècle and the Edwardian period, and more broadly on the following topics in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries: the intersection between literature and politics, especially the socialist and labour movements; working and lower-middle class writing; the 'middlebrow'; utopia/dystopia; Englishness and patriotism; views of the past, especially Victorian historical and anthropological writing; romance, fantasy and children's literature; the history of reading and education; the rise of English; Anglo-Russian literary and cultural relations and immigrant writing in Britain. She is interested in intellectual, cultural, and book history, genre, and reception studies, as well as individual authors such as William Morris, Oscar Wilde, H. G. Wells, G. K. Chesterton, Robert Tressell, Lord Dunsany,  E. R. Eddison, Hope Mirrlees, George Orwell, J. B. Priestley, J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis and Ursula Le Guin. She welcomes research proposals in late-Victorian and Edwardian literature and culture, as well as any of the topics listed above.

Affiliated research centres

Research activities

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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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