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Research Interests for Jehanne Gheith

Research Interests: 19th & 20th Century Literature, Gulag, Women's & Gender Studies, Cultural Memory

My book manuscript, "A Dog Named Stalin: Memory, Trauma and the Gulag," is a study of the Gulag based on life-history oral accounts. The analysis is based on multiple interviews I have conducted over five years with fifteen survivors of the Gulag and their children. The study is organized around three themes: 1) the effects of about fifty years of enforced silence on individual memory; 2) the problem of public mourning and memorialization; and 3) an investigation of the ways in which the category of trauma must be modified or altered to suit the Russian context. Because many common ("Western") assumptions about trauma in general, and particularly around trauma and the Holocaust, are not adequate for the Russian context, the exploration of culturally specific reasons for these differences on one of the key contributions made by my study.

Keywords:
Cultural Memory, Russian Literature, 19th and 20th Centuries, The effects and workings of the Gulag, Gender, literature, culture--Russia
Current projects:
"Voices from the Gulag": will appear in January 2011 from Palgrave MacMillan
Book ms, "A Dog Named Stalin: Memory, Trauma and the Gulag,? is a study of the Gulag based on life-history oral accounts.
New research project beginning on the emerging Russian Hospice movement
Areas of Interest:

Russian literature and culture, C 19 and 20
International Studies
Cultural memory
Gender studies

Recent Publications
  1. Goss, KA, Introduction, vol. 10 (January, 2014), pp. 265-270, Cambridge University Press (CUP) [doi]
  2. Gheith, J, Reflections on Sibling Grief, Epilogue (Fall, 2005)
  3. Izatt, JA; Fujimoto, JG; Tuchin, VV, Introduction, vol. 8213 (January, 2012), pp. xv-xvii, SPIE, ISBN 9780819488565 [doi]
  4. Gheith, J, Article on Gulag Research, Encompass (2012) (Spring, 2012. Although this is a student-run journal, it is important for me that Duke students share in my research on the Gulag, so I inlcude it here..)
  5. Gheith, J, Gulag Voices (January, 2011)

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