Dr. Anastassiya Andrianova

Dr. Anastassiya Andrianova 
Associate Professor of English
PhD Comparative Literature (CUNY, 2011)

Office: Minard 318 E48

Research/Teaching: British Romantic and Victorian literature, drama, translation, pedagogy, Comparative Literature, Slavic literature, Animal Studies, and Postcolonial Studies

Anastassiya Andrianova is an Associate Professor of English. She received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY), specializing in British literature and philosophy of the long 19th century. Dr. Andrianova is committed to introducing ecocriticism, animal studies, and disability studies to discussions of Romantic, realist, and Modernist literatures, particularly in Russian and Ukrainian studies where these theoretical concerns are underrepresented. She has published on animal studies, zoopedagogy, ecospirituality, Ukrainian drama, British Victorian pedagogy, postcolonial literature, and children’s literature.

What made you want to work in English Studies? 

I came to English Studies as an English major with a background in comparative literature. As a bilingual speaker of Ukrainian and Russian, who has also studied French and Latin and dabbled in some Italian and German, I appreciate how roomy, linguistically inclusive, and culturally diverse the field of English Studies is. Although I primarily teach British and anglophone world literature and critical theory, I research and publish on children’s and adult literature from around the globe, contemporary Ukrainian popular music and culture, and environmental texts from various disciplines, time periods, and genres—all “rooms” in the English Studies “home.”

What do you like about working with students?

I like introducing students to new ideas and new texts, and especially those rare a-ha moments when something truly resonates with them. But I also like learning from my students and having them introduce me to ideas and texts with which I am not familiar.

Three book recommendations

Mary Shelley, Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus

Carol J. Adams, The Sexual Politics of Meat: A Feminist-Vegetarian Critical Theory

Lucy Grealy, Autobiography of a Face

Recent publications

“‘Friends, Not Food’: Depictions of Animals in Vegan Picturebooks.” Children’s Literature Association Quarterly, vol. 48, no. 3, Fall 2024. Forthcoming.

“Low-stakes Reflections on Learning as a Tool for Teaching Theory Through Children’s Books.” Journal of Literary Education, vol 7 (special volume on Empirical Research in Reading and Literary Education), pp. 29-46, 2023 [January 2024]. ISSN: 2659-3149

“To Read or Not to Eat: Anthropomorphism in Children’s Books.” Society & Animals, vol.31, pp. 847-865, 2023 [online 2021]. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1163/15685306-bja10045

“A Dino Fix: Linus the Vegetarian T. Rex as a Picturebook for the Anthropocene.” Humanimalia, vol. 14, no. 1, Fall 2023, pp. 249-280. DOI: https://doi.org/10.52537/humanimalia.13618

“Mavka as Willow: An Ecofeminist Analysis of Lesja Ukrainka’s Forest Song.” Studi Slavistici, vol. 18 (special volume), no. 2, 2022, pp.224-240.

Academia.edu Site 

Courses Taught
English Studies Capstone Experience
Literary Analysis (undergraduate) and Critical Theory (graduate)
British Literature II
World Literature
Being Human: The Monster Within
Multicultural Writers
Introduction to Literary Studies
Romantic Literature: Romantic Autobiography (undergraduate and graduate)
Topics in British Literature: Global Postcolonialisms (undergraduate and graduate)
Topics in British Literature: Animals in the British Isles (undergraduate and graduate)
Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences


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