Anna Schur


Professor, Department of English
Parker Hall 309
(603) 358-2911


  • M.A. Leningrad State University, Russia
  • Ph.D University of California, Davis

Major interests

19th- and 20th-century Russian literature and culture, the novel, law and literature, Comparative literature.



  • Wages of Evil: Dostoevsky and Punishment (Northwestern University Press, 2012).

Selected Articles

  • “Jewish in Form, Socialist in Content?: Jewish Identity and Soviet Subjectivity at the Trial of the Jewish Anti-Fascist Committee.”East European Jewish Affairs. 48 (2018):149-173.
  • “The Poet with a Briefcase: The Russian Lawyer’s Quest for the Professional Ideal.” The Russian Review. 77 (2018): 537-59.
  • “‘Maria Ivanovna Was Reclining on a Settee’: Gleb Uspensky’s Search for a New Optics.”  Slavic Review. 75 (2016): 825-846.
  • “Punishment and Crime.” In Dostoevsky in Context, eds. Deborah Martinsen and Olga Maiorova. (Cambridge University Press, 2015), 30-39.
  • “Flourishing or Perishing? Law and Literature Airbrushed.” Law and Literature. 26 (2013) 105-116.
  • “The Limits of Listening: Particularity, Compassion and Dostoevsky’s ‘Bookish Humaneness'” The Russian Review. 72 (2013): 573-89.
  • David Copper-field and Plagiarized Selves.” In Stones of Law — Bricks of Shame: Narrating Imprisonment in the Victorian Age, eds. Frank Lauterbach and Jan Alber. (University of Toronto Press, 2009), 134-53.
  • “From Turgenev to Bitov: The Superfluous Men and Postmodern Selves.” Russian Literature. 65 (2009):561-578.
  • “Beyond Moral Evangelism: On the Rejection of Punishment in Late Tolstoy.” Tolstoy Studies Journal. 20 (2008): 29-53.
  • “Shades of Justice: The Trial of Sholom Schwartzbard and Dovid Bergelson’s “Among Immigrants’.” Law and Literature. 19 (2007):15-43.
  • “On ‘Sticking to the Fact’ and ‘Understanding Nothing’: Dostoevsky and the Scientific Method.” The Russian Review. 65 (2006): 417-438.

 Selected Awards

  • National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend. 2013.
  • The Whiting Foundation Grant. 2013.
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend. 2007.
  • The Whiting Foundation Grant. 2004.
  • Russian and East European Center Grant, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. June – July, 2004.
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar on “Punishment, Politics, and Culture.” Amherst College, Amherst, MA, June 24 –August 2, 2002.

 Recently Taught Courses

  • Russian Psychological Prose
  • Literary Form and History: The Novel
  • Tolstoy and Dostoevsky
  • Stories of Justice
  • The Art of Fiction: From Realism to Postmodernism (two-semester sequence)
  • Dead Man Walking: Literature of the Death Penalty