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Beth Holmgren, Professor of Polish and Russian Studies and Professor of Theater Studies and Chair

Beth Holmgren
Contact Info:
Office Location:  316 Languages Building, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  (919) 660-3140
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Teaching (Spring 2019):

  • Polish 102.01, Elementary polish Synopsis
    Languages 312, MW 11:45 AM-01:00 PM
  • Russian 383.01, The actress Synopsis
    Old chem 116, M 06:15 PM-08:35 PM
  • Ses 490s.01, Special topics Synopsis
    Languages 208, Tu 04:55 PM-07:25 PM

Ph.D. Harvard University1987
B.A.Grinnell College1975

Women's Studies
International Comparative Studies
Research Interests: performing arts studies, women's studies, culture and the market, cross-cultural representations

Areas of Interest:

Russian literature and culture
Polish literature and culture
Slavic culture in the diaspora
Russian and Polish theater
Russian and Polish film


Professor of Slavic and Eurasian Studies,
Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Hashamova, Y; Holmgren, B; Lipovetsky, M. "Transgressive Women in Modern Russian and East European Cultures."  Routledge, October, 2016: 1-216. [doi]  [abs]
  2. Holmgren, B. The Cult of Forbidden Thoughts: The Big Green Tent by Liudmila Ulitskaya, translated by Polly Gannon.  Women's Review of Books 33.4 (July, 2016): 12-13.
  3. Holmgren, B; Hashamova, Y; Holmgren, B; Lipovetsky, M. "From the legs up: The rise and retreat of the chorus girl in interwar Poland."  January, 2016: 13-29. [doi]
  4. Holmgren, B. ""Cabaret Identity: How Best to Play a Jew or Pass as a Gentile in Wartime Poland"." Journal of Jewish Identities July 2014.Issue 7, number 2 (July, 2014): 15-33.
  5. Holmgren, B. ""Nadezhda Mandelstam"." YIVO ENCYCLOPEDIA OF JEWS IN EASTERN EUROPE (February, 2014).

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