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Cambridge Russian Sensory History Network


British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow

Department of Slavonic Studies

The University of Cambridge



Anna Toropova's research centres on the interplay between mass media and structures of feeling under Soviet state socialism. Her PhD thesis examined the role of Stalinist cinema in the emotional and affective education of the New Soviet Person. Her new project explores how late Soviet film and television negotiated the emotional situation of the Brezhnev era.

Recent publications:

‘“If we cannot laugh like that, then how can we laugh?”: The “Problem” of Stalinist Film Comedy’, Studies in Russian and Soviet Cinema, Vol. 5, No. 3 (2011), pp. 335-351

‘“Educating the Emotions”: Affect and Stylistic Excess in the Stalinist Melodrama’, English Language Notes, 48.1 (Spring/Summer 2010): 49-63