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Jehanne Gheith, Associate Professor of Slavic Languages and Literature and Chair of Slavic and Eurasian Studies

Jehanne Gheith
Contact Info:
Office Location:  321C Languages Bldg, 133 Franklin Center, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  (919) 660-3147
Email Address:   send me a message
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Teaching (Spring 2023):

  • Housecs 59.12, House course (sp top) Synopsis
    Perkins 065, Tu 07:00 PM-08:30 PM
  • Russian 278s.01, Lit and film of pandemic Synopsis
    Languages 114, MW 12:00 PM-01:15 PM
  • Ses 990.03, Directed readings Synopsis
    See instru, M 01:30 PM-04:00 PM

Ph.D.Stanford University1992
MSWUNC-Chapel Hill2009
MA in Russian LiteratureStanford University, Stanford California1987
BA in Russian Literature (summa cum laude)Boston University, Boston, MA1983

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

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

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.

Areas of Interest:

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

Curriculum Vitae
Current Ph.D. Students   (Former Students)

  • Katherine Mohrig
Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Fowler, M; Gheith, J. "A Therapeutic Welcome: Mental Health within the Reality Ministries Disability Community." Journal of Disability & Religion (January, 2022). [doi]  [abs]
  2. Goss, KA. "Introduction." 10 (January, 2014): 265-270. [doi]
  3. Gheith, J. "Reflections on Sibling Grief." Epilogue (Fall, 2005).
  4. Izatt, JA; Fujimoto, JG; Tuchin, VV. "Introduction." 8213 (January, 2012): xv-xvii. [doi]
  5. 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.)

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