Anna is a first-year doctoral student at Lancaster University’s Lancaster Institute for Contemporary Art (LICA). Her doctoral research examines the central female character of Fyodor Dostoevsky‘s classic novel "Crime and Punishment" through a feminist framework. Being both a fragile victim and a strong free person, a prostitute and a saint, Sonechka Marmeladova is one of the most outstanding, appealing and paradoxical female characters in world literature.
Anna's thesis sets out to raise a number of topical questions for modern Britain: social inequality, freedom of religion or belief, freedom of education, council housing, freedom from abuse, #metoo movement, the student sex industry, intercultural diversity, to name but a few. This is an interdisciplinary topic, incorporating the areas of Adaptation Studies, Russian Studies, Creative Writing, Film Studies, and Feminism.
15 years ago, Anna founded a charity which was involved in cultural education of children from orphan houses in the Saint Petersburg and Leningrad regions. During this time, she organized more than a hundred cultural events for orphans, and watched and discussed movies with human essence with a closed group of 7-to-12-year-olds. Interviews and questionnaires later suggested that children who participated in the experiment were more developed spiritually, creatively and morally.