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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics


Dr Anna Toropova

Anna Toropova
British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow
Slavonic Studies
Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages
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Telephone number: 
+44 (0)1223 335 007 (Main Department number)

Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages
Raised Faculty Building
University of Cambridge
Sidgwick Avenue
United Kingdom


Focusing on the Soviet Union during the Stalin era, my research spans film studies, cultural history, and critical theory. I am particularly interested in the emotional repertoire of Stalin-era mass culture. I am currently completing a monograph on genre film and the emotional and affective education of the New Soviet Person under Stalin. I have also recently begun a new research project on psychological studies of Soviet film audiences in the 1930s, which aims to shed new light on the intersection of cinema and biopolitical modernity. My wider research interests include theories of affect and emotion, psychoanalysis, and biopolitics.

Published works: 
  • 'An Inexpiable Debt: Stalinist Cinema, Biopolitics and the Discourse of Happiness', The Russian Review, forthcoming
  • ‘“If we cannot laugh like that, then how can we laugh?”: The “Problem” of Stalinist Film Comedy’, Studies in Russian and Soviet Cinema, 5.3 (2011): 335-351
  • ‘“Educating the Emotions”: Affect and Stylistic Excess in the Stalinist Melodrama’, English Language Notes, 48.1 (Spring/Summer 2010): 49-63
  • ‘An Inexpiable Debt: Stalinist Cinema, Biopolitics and the Discourse of Happiness’, The Russian Review, 74.4 (2015): 665-683