Anne Hruska

English Instructor

Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

Anne Hruska is originally from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Her academic specialty is Russian literature, and she has a particularly fervent love for literature of the nineteenth century.

She taught for five years in Stanford’s Introduction to the Humanities program, and has also taught at U. C. Berkeley, the University of Missouri, and the Pedagogical Institute in Saratov, Russia. She sometimes lectures on Russian literature for Stanford’s Continuing Studies program.

When she’s not reading books, Dr. Hruska enjoys singing, riding her bike, and spending time with her husband and two young sons. Sometimes she manages to do all of this at the same time.


Emancipation and the Great Reforms." Tolstoy in Context, edited by Anna Berman, Cambridge UP, forthcoming.

“On the Meaning of Serfdom.” Critical Insights: War and Peace. Ed. Leighton B. Cooke. Amenia, NY: Grey House, 2014

“Love and Slavery: Serfdom, Emancipation, and Family in Tolstoy’s Fiction.” The Russian Review. 66 (2007), 627–646

“Why You Should Read The Idiot, and How Best to Go About It.” Introduction. The Idiot. By Fyodor Dostoevsky. Bantam Classics Series. New York: Bantam Books, 2005

“The Sins of Children in The Brothers Karamazov: Serfdom, Hierarchy, and Transcendence.” Christianity and Literature 54 (2005), 471–495. Reprinted in Nineteenth Century Literature Criticism, Vol. 202, 111–123

“Loneliness and Social Class in Tolstoy’s Trilogy Childhood, Boyhood, Youth.” Slavic and East European Journal 44 (2000), 64–78. Reprinted in: Twentieth Century Literature Criticism, Vol. 173, 344–353

“Ghosts in the Garden: Ann Radcliffe and Tolstoy’s Childhood, Boyhood, Youth.” Tolstoy Studies Journal. Vol. 9 (1997), 1–10

“Infected Families: Outsider Figures in the Works of Leo Tolstoy.” Ph.D. dissertation, University of California at Berkeley, 2001

“MacKay, John, Trans., Ed., and Intro. Four Russian Serf Narratives. Madison: The University of Wisconsin Press, 2009.” Slavic and East European Journal 55:2 (Summer 2011), 306–308

“Medzhibovskaya, Inessa. Tolstoy and the Religious Culture of his Time: A Biography of a Long Conversion, 1845-1887. Plymouth, UK: Lexington Books, 2008.” Slavic and East European Journal 53:2 (Summer 2009), 282–3

“Rancour-Laferriere, Daniel. Tolstoy’s Quest for God. New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers, 2007.” The Russian Review 67: 3 (July 2008), 502–503