Ani Kokobobo

Associate Professor
Chair, Slavic Languages & Literatures
Editor of the Tolstoy Studies Journal
Primary office:
785-864-2346
Wescoe Hall
Room 2134
University of Kansas
1445 Jayhawk Blvd
Lawrence, KS 66045


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Degree: Ph.D., Columbia University

Position: Associate Professor

Teaching interests: Nineteenth-century Russian literature, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Pushkin.

Research interests: Ani Kokobobo completed her Ph.D. dissertation on the grotesque and the body in late Russian realism. She specializes in nineteenth-century Russian literature as well as Balkan modernism. In addition to working on individual authors like Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Pushkin, Andrić, and Kadare, in her research she has also explored larger theoretical problems like representations of violence and the body in literature as well as the political significance of aesthetic styles and genres.

Works in progress: Book manuscript Freakish Others and Monsters Within – Russian Realism and the Grotesque, 1869-1899 (expected publication date: 2015). Co-editor of collection Twilight of Realism: Russian Writers and the Fin-de-Siècle (expected publication date: 2014).

Selected recent publications and presentations

Forthcoming article: “The Travelogue and the Ode: Radishchev’s Polemic the with the Court Ode in Puteshestvie iz Peterburga v Moskvu.  Russian Review, Vol. 72. 4, 607-621.

2012 article: “Altered Worlds and Defiled Subjects: The Grotesque Aesthetics of Tolstoy’s Resurrection.”  Tolstoy Studies Journal, Vol. 24, 1-15.  

2012 article: "Grotesknoe ostranenie v romane Tolstogo Voskresenie." Proceedings from the Seventh International Academic Conference "Leo Tolstoy and World Literature. Iasnaia Poliana: 237-244. 

2011 article: "Bureaucracy of Dreams – Surrealist Socialism and Surrealist Awakening in Ismail Kadare’s The Palace of Dreams." Slavic Review 70.3, Fall 2011.

2010 article: "'Curse' of the Blood – The Eastern Origins of Balkan Violence in Ismail Kadare's Three Elegies for Kosovo." Ulbandus, Vol. 13.

2008 article: "Authoring Christ – Novelistic Echoes in Tolstoy's Harmonization and Translation of the Four Gospels." Tolstoy Studies Journal, vol. 20.

2008 article: "Portret Khrista v knige Tolstogo Soedinenie i perevod chetyrekh evangelii." Proceedings from the Fifth International Academic Conference "Leo Tolstoy and World Literature." Iasnaia Poliana: April

2007 article: "To Grieve or Not to Grieve? – The Unsteady Representation of Violence in Ivo Andrić's The Bridge On the Drina." Serbian Studies, vol. 23.


In Memoriam

Reed Rankin ✝ 12/29/2019

The faculty and students in the Department Slavic Languages and Literatures are deeply saddened that one our undergraduate majors, Reed Rankin, passed away last week (12/29) in Fredonia, Kansas. Reed was a beloved student in the department and is fondly remembered by his peers and professors. He began studying Russian as a Freshman and stayed with a challenging but rewarding language for three and a half years, tackling introductory, intermediate, advanced levels, and even continuing his studies into his senior year with Russian for the Professions. We know that he was planning further study in Moscow in the next academic year, prior to matriculation at KU School of Law.

A thoughtful student, Reed often contributed insight and posed challenging questions in class. ​​ Reed’s dedication to the study of Russian language, culture, and history was tremendous and fueled by infectious curiosity. He showed great acumen in translating from Russian into English, always finding English-language equivalents for Russian cultural concepts through skillful use of one-liners from American films. We also treasured his ability to speak in fluid Russian about rural, farm life in Kansas, and the effects that natural phenomena, like floods, on a farming community. He was a pleasure to know and teach, and will be remembered for his kind and polite demeanor. Our thoughts are with Reed’s family at this time

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