Anne Dwyer

Associate Professor of German and Russian; On leave for the 2023-2024 academic year
With Pomona Since: 2007
  • Expertise


    Anne Dwyer is a scholar of comparative literature who has published on literary treatments of the multiethnic Romanov and Habsburg empires; biography and autobiography; and the history of critical theory. She is writing a book on Viktor Shklovsky (one of the founders of Russian Formalism and of literary theory), his long Soviet afterlife, and his resonance today.

    Dwyer is also engaged in the study of international and global education, especially as they intersect with matters of diversity, equity, and inclusion on U.S. campuses.

    Areas of Expertise

    • Russian literature
    • German literature
  • Work


    "Why I Teach Lolita." Inside Higher Ed. 18 May 2018.

    "Standstill as Extinction: Viktor Shklovsky’s Poetics of and Politics of Movement in the 1920s and 1930s." PMLA 131:2 (2016): 269-288.

    The Silly Parade and Other Topsy-Turvy Poems: Russian Folk Nursery Rhymes, Tongue Twisters, and Lullabies, retold by Anne Dwyer and illustrated by Nikolai Popov. San Francisco: Rovakada Publishing, 2016.

    "The Multilingual Pleasures of Slavic Worlds: Sacher-Masoch, Franzos, Freud," Comparative Literature, 65:2 (2013): 137-161.

    "Dostoevsky's Prison House of Nation(s): Genre Violence in Notes from the House of the Dead," Russian Review, 71:2 (2012): 209-225.

    "Of Hats and Trains: Cultural Traffic in Leskov's and Dostoevskii's Westward Journeys," Slavic Review 70:1 (2011): 67-93

    "Revivifying Russia: Literature, Theory, and Empire in Viktor Shklovsky's Civil War Writings," Slavonica 15, no. 1 (2009): 11-31.

    "Runaway Texts: The Many Life Stories of Iurii Trifonov and Christa Wolf," Russian Review, 64 (2005): 605-627.

    Translation from German: Bulgakowa, Oksana, Sergei Eisenstein: A Biography (Berlin: Potemkin Press, 2001)

  • Education


    University of California, Berkeley

    Master of Arts
    University of California, Berkeley

    Bachelor of Arts
    Carleton College

    Recent Courses Taught

    • Elementary Russian
    • Intermediate Russian
    • Russian 176—Everyday Life in the USSR (in Russian)
    • Russia: Empire and Ethnicity (in English)
    • Moscow-Berlin//Berlin-Moscow (in English; cross-referenced with German)
    • Vladimir Nabokov (in English)
    • Critical Inquiry Seminar: War and Peace
  • Awards & Honors

    Awards & Honors

    NEH Summer Stipend, Summer 2018

    Silver Medal at Independent Publisher Book Awards for The Silly Parade,  2018

    Junior Visiting Fellow, Institute for Human Sciences (IWM) Vienna, Austria October 2010 - March 2011

    UC Berkeley, Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor, 2007