Irina Anisimova

Ph.D., Comparative Literature (with specialization in African American Literature), University of South Carolina, 2008

MA, Slavic Languages and Literatures (Russian Literature), University of Pittsburgh, 2009

BA, European and American Literatures, Saratov State University, Russia, 2001


University of Pittsburgh Cultural Studies Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, 2013/2014

University of Pittsburgh Andrew Mellon Pre-Doctoral Fellowship for the Humanities, 2011/2012

Ivan Elagin Fellowship, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Pittsburgh, 2008/2009

Routledge Prize awarded to the best graduate student paper submitted to the SCLA Conference, 2008

Courses Taught

Formative Masterpieces of 19th-century Russian Literature

Sci-Fi East and West

Vampire, Blood and Empire

Modern Russian Culture

Second, third, and fourth year Russian


“Nikita Mikhalkov’s Burnt by the Sun.” Routledge Encyclopedia of Film. (length: 2,000 words), [Forthcoming].

“From Consumption to Objectification in Viktor Pelevin’s ‘Akiko’.” Studies in Slavic Cultures. X (2011).

“Terrors of History: Revolutionary Gothic in ‘Mother Earth’ By Boris Pilniak.” Slavic and East European Journal. (Fall 2011).

Rev. of Stage Fright: Politics and the Performing Arts in Late Imperial Russia by Paul Du Quenoy. Slavic and East European Journal. (Winter. 2010): 726-28.

“Masks of Authenticity: Failed Quests for the People in Quicksand by Nella Larsen and The Silver Dove by Andrei Belyi.” The Comparatist - Journal of the SCLA. 32 (2008): 175-92.

Research Interests


Gothic/fantastic in Russian literature and culture


Russian empire

Postcolonial theory

African American literature

Representative Conference Presentations

“From Carnival to Allegory: Fantastic Bodies in Viktor Pelevin’s Empire V and Ol’ga Slavnikova’s Light Head.” MLA Convention, Boston, January 2013

“Dark Provincial Melodramas in Recent Russian Cinema.” AAASS convention, New Orleans, November 2012

“Heterotopia in Olga Slavnikova’s 2017,” AATSEEL Convention, Seattle, January 2012

“Under Russian Eyes: Orientalism and Universalism in Makanin and Petrushevskaia.” AAASS convention, Los Angeles, November 2010

“Periphery as Chronotope in Svetlana Vasilenko’s Little Fool: Novel-Vita,” ACLA Convention, New Orleans, April 2010

Employment Since Graduation

Postdoctoral Fellow Havighurst Center of Russian and Post-Soviet Studies at Miami University 2015-2016

Dissertation Title and Year

Heterotopia in Contemporary Russian Fiction, 2015