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Anna Vaninskaya

Senior Lecturer, EFI Fellow

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Willingness to take PhD students: Yes

Victorian and Edwardian literature, as well as the individual authors and topics listed below

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of Oxford
Master of Arts, University of Denver
Bachelor of Arts, University of Denver

Professional Qualifications

Higher Education Academy Teaching Associate

Biography

Dr Anna Vaninskaya is a Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Edinburgh and a Fellow of the Edinburgh Futures Institute.  She came to 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, and, prior to that, completing a D.Phil. in English Literature at the University of Oxford as a Marshall Scholar.  Anna is the author of William Morris and the Idea of Community: Romance, History and Propaganda, 1880-1914 (Edinburgh UP, 2010), Fantasies of Time and Death: Dunsany, Eddison, Tolkien (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020), as well as over forty articles and book chapters on topics ranging from Chesterton, Orwell, Stoppard, Chukovsky and Serge to nineteenth-century socialism, education, popular reading, historical cultures, immigration and Anglo-Russian cultural perceptions. She has edited special issues of Studies in Scottish LiteratureNineteenth-Century Contexts, the Journal of William Morris Studies, the Oscholars, and 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century, and is on the Editorial Advisory Boards for the Bloomsbury Academic 'Perspectives on Fantasy' series, Oxford Bibliographies Online (Victorian Literature) and the Journal of William Morris Studies.  She is also the creator and editor of the online archive 'Scotland-Russia: Cultural Encounters Since 1900'.

Research Interests

Anna Vaninskaya's research focuses on the fin de siècle and the Edwardian period, and more broadly on the following themes, topics and genres in the literary, intellectual and cultural history of the nineteenth and first half of the twentieth centuries: the intersection between literature and politics, especially labour, socialist and anarchist writing; utopia/dystopia; Englishness and patriotism; the 'middlebrow'; reception and views of the past; the romance revival; the history of reading and education; periodical history; the rise of English as a discipline; Anglo-Russian relations and immigrant writing in Britain; fantasy and children's literature.  She is interested in individual authors such as William Morris, Oscar Wilde, H. G.  Wells, G. K. Chesterton, Robert Tressell, J. B. Priestley, George Orwell, Victor Serge, Lord Dunsany, E. R. Eddison, 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.

Research activity

Anna Vaninskaya is editing a translated anthology: Edwardian London through the Eyes of Russian Foreign Correspondents.  She was PI of the research project: Scotland and Russia: Cultural Encounters Since 1900 (funded by the Royal Society of Edinburgh Arts and Humanities Network Award and the University of Edinburgh).

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)
  • ‘Romanticism and Victorian Society 1815-1900’ (MSc Core)
  • 'The Victorians and the Past' (MSc Option)
  • Undergraduate and MSc disseration supervision
  • English Literature 2 and Scottish Literature 2
  • PhD research projects supervised: ‘Victorians and The Earthly Paradise: Audience, Community and Storytelling in William Morris’s First Success’; ‘The Nationality of a World State: (Re)Constructions of England in Utopian Fiction’; ‘Authorship and Authorial Identity in the Novels of Sydney Owenson’; 'Mapping Middle-earth: Tracing Environmental and Political Narratives in the Literary Geographies and Cartographies of J.R.R. Tolkien's Legendarium'; 'Currents of Hope: Connecting the Socialist Literature of William Morris with The Radical Works of William Cobbett, Robert Owen and Ernest Jones'; 'Constructed Binaries in Contemporary Fantasy'

Highlighted research outputs

  1. Under Russian eyes: Foreign correspondents in Edwardian Britain

    Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

  2. Modernity: Tolkien and His Contemporaries

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)peer-review

  3. The Novel, Its Critics, and the University: A New Beginning?

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

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Research activities & awards

  1. 'The Invisible International': George Orwell and Victor Serge

    Activity: Academic talk or presentation typesInvited talk

  2. Bloomsbury Academic (Publisher)

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity

  3. Oxonmoot

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Engagement – Public lecture/debate/seminar

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