Anna Vaninskaya

Anna VanAnna Vaninskayainskaya is Senior Lecturer in Victorian Literature at the University of Edinburgh.  Her current research focuses on Anglo-Russian literary and cultural relations in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, especially the writing of Russian foreign correspondents and revolutionary emigres in Britain, and British constructions of Russia.  She is the convenor of the research network ‘Scotland and Russia: Cultural Encounters Since 1900′.


More broadly, Anna is a specialist in the British fin de siècle and Edwardian period, interested in the intersection between literature and politics.  She has published on socialist propaganda, working and lower-middle class reading and writing, the ‘middlebrow’, utopia/dystopia, Englishness and patriotism, Victorian academic and popular views of the past, romance, fantasy, the history of education and the rise of English.  She has worked on individual authors such as William Morris, H. G. Wells, G. K. Chesterton, Robert Tressell, George Orwell, and J. B. Priestley, and her current book project examines the role of time and death in the fantasy of Morris, George MacDonald, Lord Dunsany, E. R. Eddison, Hope Mirrlees, C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien.

Relevant Publications

‘Under Russian Eyes: Foreign Correspondents in Edwardian Britain’. Times Literary Supplement, November 28 2014, pp. 17–19.


‘Korney Chukovsky in Britain.’ Translation and Literature, 20.3 (November 2011), pp. 373–92.


‘“Truth About Russia”: Russia in Britain at the Fin de Siècle’ in The Edinburgh Companion to Fin de Siècle Literature, Culture and the Arts. Ed. Josephine Guy (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, forthcoming)


‘On Foreign Soil’ in Time Travellers: Victorian Perspectives on the Past, Eds. Adelene Buckland and Sadiah Qureshi (Chicago: Chicago University Press, forthcoming)


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