Ani Kokobobo

Assistant Professor
Director of Graduate Studies
Primary office:
785-864-2346
Wescoe Hall
Room 2138
University of Kansas
1445 Jayhawk Blvd
Lawrence, KS 66045


Office Hours:

T, R, 12-1 pm

Degree: Ph.D., Columbia University

Position: Assistant 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.


KU’s Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies program is one of only 12 federally-funded national resource centers in the US
Only doctoral program in Slavic Languages and Literatures between the Mississippi and the West Coast
100% of graduate students in the Slavic program had funding in academic year 2012-13
KU's Libraries house over 500,000 volumes of Slavic books and electronic editions
Two of the department’s last four doctoral candidates have won a Fulbright grants to conduct dissertation research abroad