Ani Kokobobo is associate professor and chair of the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Kansas, where she teaches Russian literature and culture. Last summer, she published an edited volume: Russian Writers and the Fin de Siècle – The Twilight of Realism (Cambridge University Press, 2015). She has a monograph forthcoming, Russian Grotesque Realism: The Great Reforms and Gentry Decline (Ohio State University Press, 2017), as well as another edited volume, Beyond Moscow: Reading Russia’s Regional Identities and Initiatives (Routledge, 2017).
Dr. Chekhov: On Vulnerability in the Era of COVID-19
We are weak,” says a character in Anton Chekhov’s “Ward 6,” “I reasoned confidently … but at the first rude touch ...
Womanhood in a Coarse Time: On Janet Fitch’s “Chimes of a Lost Cathedral”
Ani Kokobobo follows a woman’s journey in “Chimes of a Lost Cathedral” by Janet Fitch....
Irrational Authoritarianism: Ismail Kadare’s “The Traitor’s Niche”
Ani Kokobobo on an allegory of modern authoritarianism set in the Ottoman Empire....
Lust, Blood, and Survival in a New World: On Janet Fitch’s “The Revolution of Marina M.”
Ani Kokobobo is captivated by “The Revolution of Marina M.” by Janet Fitch....
Tenuous Connections: Laurie Sheck’s “Island of the Mad”
Ani Kokobobo explores the human connections of “Island of the Mad: A Novel” by Laurie Sheck....
Pernicious Ambition and Tolstoy’s “War and Peace” on the Silver Screen
Ani Kokobobo laments the muting of Napoleonism in the latest adaptation of “War and Peace.”...
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