Beth Holmgren

Professor with Tenure

External address: 
316 Languages Building, Durham, NC 27708
Internal office address: 
Box 90259, Durham, NC 27708-0259
(919) 660-3140


  • Ph.D., Harvard University 1987
  • B.A., Grinnell College 1975

Holmgren, B. Starring Madame Modjeska: On Tour in Poland and America. Indiana University Press, November 10, 2011.

Goscilo, H, and Holmgren, B. Poles apart: Women in modern Polish culture. January 1, 2006.

The Russian Memoir. Edited by Beth Holmgren. Northwestern University Press, November 19, 2003.

Holmgren, B. Rewriting Capitalism. University of Pittsburgh Pre, December 15, 1998.

Holmgren, B, and Holmgren, B. Women's Works in Stalin's TimeWomen's Works in Stalin's Time. Indiana University Press, January 1, 1993.

Holmgren, B. "The Cult of Forbidden Thoughts: The Big Green Tent by Liudmila Ulitskaya, translated by Polly Gannon." Women's Review of Books 33, no. 4 (July 1, 2016): 12-13.

Holmgren, B. "Russia on their mind: How hollywood pictured the Soviet front." In Americans Experience Russia: Encountering the Enigma, 1917 to the Present,105-123. December 1, 2013. Full Text

Holmgren, B. "The Polish Actress Unbound: Tales of Modrzejewska/Modjeska." In The Other in Polish Theater and Drama,edited by B Johnston and K Cioffi,57-77. Slavica Publishers, 2010.

Holmgren, B. "Ne-natural’naia shkola:Semeistvo Tal'nikovykh Panaevoi." In Trava: Punkty,edited by S Ushakin and E Trofimova,45-72. Novoe Literaturnoe Obozrenie, 2009.

Holmgren, B. "Jean de Reszke." In POLISH-AMERICAN HISTORY AND CULTURE: AN ENCYCLOPEDIA,edited by J Pula. 2009.

Holmgren, B. "Edouard de Reszke." In POLISH-AMERICAN HISTORY AND CULTURE: AN ENCYCLOPEDIA,edited by J Pula. 2009.

Holmgren, B. "Aristocrats and Working Girls: Towards a History of Russian Emigre Women in the United States"." In MAPPING THE FEMININE: RUSSIAN WOMEN AND CULTURAL DIFFERENCE,edited by H Hoogenboom, C Nepomnyashchy, and I Reyfman,231-47. 2008.

Holmgren, B. "Settlling for the Real Hollywood: Russians in Studio-Era American Film." In American Artists From the Russian Empire,edited by Y Petrova,97-115. The State Russian Museum & The Foundation for International Arts and Education, 2008.

Holmgren, B. "Evgeniia Ginzburg." In Yivo Encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe,edited by GD Hundert. Yale UP, 2008.

Holmgren, B. "Nadezhda Mandel’shtam." In Dictionary of Literary Biography: Russian Prose Writers After World War II,edited by C Rydel,164-71. Thomson Gale, 2008.

Holmgren, B. "Fiction and the Acting Life: The Memoir of Helena Modjeska." In Real Stories, Imagined Realities: Fictionality and Non-fictionality in Literary Constructs and Historical Contexts,edited by M Lehtimaki, S Leisti, and M Rytkonen,343-57. Tampere University Press, 2007.


Holmgren, B. ""Cabaret Identity: How Best to Play a Jew or Pass as a Gentile in Wartime Poland"." Journal of Jewish Identities July 2014, no. Issue 7, number 2 (July 2014): 15-33. Open Access Copy

Holmgren, B. "The Lives of Secret Others." East European Film Bulletin (August 2013). (Essay)

Holmgren, B. "Acting Out: Qui pro Quo in the Context of Interwar Warsaw." EAST EUROPEAN POLITICS AND SOCIETIES 27, no. 2 (May 2013): 205-223. Full Text

Holmgren, B. "Toward an Understanding of Gendered Agency in Contemporary Russia." Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 38, no. 3 (March 2013): 535-542. Full Text

Holmgren, B. "The Art of Playing Patriot: The Polish Stardom of Helena Modjeska." THEATRE JOURNAL 62, no. 3 (October 2010): 349-+.

Holmgren, B. "War, Women, and Song: The Case of Hanka Ordonowna." Aspasia: The International Yearbook of Central, Eastern, and Southeastern European Women’s and Gender History 2 (2010): 139-54.

Holmgren, B. "Taking Stock, Screening History: Twenty Years of Women’s Studies at AAASS." NewsNet of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies 49 (January 2009): 1-4.


"Twenty Years Forward: The Contents and Discontents of Modern Russian Feminism," A Documentary awarded by Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2008 to 2009


Cabaret Warsaw: Yiddish and Polish Hits of the 1920s and 1930s. Curator. (2012)


Cabaret Warsaw: Yiddish- and Polish-Language Hits of the 1920s and 1930s. In collaboration with Jane Peppler, a professional musician and literary translator from Yiddish, researched, performed, and produced a collection of 20 representative songs from the literary cabarets and kleynkunst revi-teatrs of interwar Warsaw, the capital of both Polish and Yiddish-language culture between the two world wars. CD produced with funding from Duke University’s Collaborative Arts Development Grant. June 2012. Concert given in Bryan Center, June 2, 2012. Second concert given at Southern Conference for Slavic Studies, Greensboro, NC, March 22, 2013.

Twenty Years Forward: Modern Russian Feminism. Producer, Writer. (2009)


35-minute documentary written and produced by Beth Holmgren and filmed and edited by Igor Sopronenko, Signature Media Productions LLC. This film focuses on the collaboration between Russian and American scholars and activists and its genesis of Russian women's studies on both sides of the ocean. TWENTY YEARS FORWARD pieces together the history of this collaboration and assesses its consequences through interviews with 18 different subjects.