Professor of Polish and Russian Studies
Beth Holmgren, a full professor of Polish Studies and Russian Studies, has published widely on Polish literature, theater, popular culture, and film; Russian literature, film, and women's studies; and Russian and Polish artists and performers in the North American diaspora. Her recent scholarship focuses on Polish Jewish cultural history of the interwar period. Her most recent book, Warsaw is My Country (2018), is a cultural biography of Krystyna Bierzynska, an acculturated Jewish Varsovian who survived the Holocaust and served as a 16-year-old orderly in the 1944 Warsaw Uprising. Holmgren was elected President of the Association of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies in 2008 (this is the largest organization in the Slavic field outside the region) and elected President of the Association for Women in Slavic Studies for the 2003-2005 term. She is currently finishing her second stint as chair of Duke's Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies (2010-2015, 2016-2019). Holmgren holds secondary appointments in Theater Studies and Gender/Sexuality/Feminist Studies. She is listed as a core faculty member for Jewish Studies. For her updated curriculum vitae. see her site at academia.edu.
- Ph.D., Harvard University 1987
- B.A., Grinnell College 1975
Holmgren, Beth. Warsaw Is My Country The Story of Krystyna Bierzynska, 1928-1945. Jews of Poland, 2018.
Hashamova, Y., B. Holmgren, and M. Lipovetsky. Transgressive women in modern Russian and east European cultures: From the bad to the blasphemous, 2016. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315666259. Full Text Open Access Copy
Chatterjee, C., and B. Holmgren. Americans experience Russia: Encountering the enigma, 1917 to the present, 2013. https://doi.org/10.4324/9780203082102. Full Text
Holmgren, Beth. Starring Madame Modjeska: On Tour in Poland and America. Indiana University Press, 2011.
Goscilo, H., and B. Holmgren. Poles apart: Women in modern Polish culture, 2006.
Holmgren, Beth, Beth, ed. The Russian Memoir. Northwestern University Press, 2003.
Вербицкая, А. н. а. с. т. а. с. і. я., and Beth Holmgren. Keys to Happiness A Novel. Indiana University Press, 1999.
Holmgren, Beth. Rewriting Capitalism. University of Pittsburgh Pre, 1998.
Goscilo, Helena, and Beth Holmgren. Russia--women--culture. Indiana University Press, 1996.
Holmgren, Beth. Women's Works in Stalin's Time. Indiana University Press, 1993.
Holmgren, Beth. “A Whole World of Mythology.” Edited by Jennifer Baumgartner. Women’S Review of Books. Old City Publishing, February 2019.
Holmgren, Beth. “Their Own Wars: A Review of Svetlana Alexievich's THE UNWOMANLY FACE OF WAR: AN ORAL HISTORY OF WOMEN IN WORLD WAR II.” Women’S Review of Booksbbbbbb. Old City Publishing, December 2017.
Holmgren, B. “The Cult of Forbidden Thoughts: The Big Green Tent by Liudmila Ulitskaya, translated by Polly Gannon.” Women’S Review of Books. Philadelphia, PA: Old City Publishing, July 1, 2016.
Holmgren, Beth. “Cabaret Nation: The Jewish Foundations of Kabaret Literacki, 1920-1929.” In Poland and Hungary Jewish Realities Compared, edited by Francois Guesnet, Howard Lupovitch, and Antony Polonsky, 273–88. Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry, 2019.
Holmgren, Beth. “The Cabaret Song: Its Multi-Ethnic Pedigree and Transnational Adventures, 1919-1968.” In Being Poland A New History of Polish Literature and Culture since 1918, edited by Tamara Trojanowska, Joanna Nizynska, and Przemyslaw Czaplinski. University of Toronto Press, 2018.
Holmgren, Beth. “Tending Andersland: The Calling of Feliks Konarski and Nina Olenska.” In Diaspora Polska w Ameryce Polnocnej, edited by Rafal Raczynski and Katarzyna Morawska, 513–28. Gdynia, Poland: Muzeum Emigracji w Gdyni, 2018.
Holmgren, B. “From the legs up: The rise and retreat of the chorus girl in interwar Poland.” In Transgressive Women in Modern Russian and East European Cultures: From the Bad to the Blasphemous, 13–29, 2016. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315666259. Full Text
Holmgren, B. “Russia on their mind: How hollywood pictured the Soviet front.” In Americans Experience Russia: Encountering the Enigma, 1917 to the Present, 105–23, 2013. https://doi.org/10.4324/9780203082102. Full Text
Holmgren, B. “The Polish Actress Unbound: Tales of Modrzejewska/Modjeska.” In The Other in Polish Theater and Drama, edited by Bill Johnston and Kathleen Cioffi, 57–77. Slavica Publishers, 2010.
Holmgren, B. “Ne-natural’naia shkola:Semeistvo Tal'nikovykh Panaevoi.” In Trava: Punkty, edited by Sergei Ushakin and Elena Trofimova, 45–72. Novoe Literaturnoe Obozrenie, 2009.
Holmgren, B. “Jean de Reszke.” In POLISH-AMERICAN HISTORY AND CULTURE: AN ENCYCLOPEDIA, edited by James Pula, 2009.
Holmgren, B. “Edouard de Reszke.” In POLISH-AMERICAN HISTORY AND CULTURE: AN ENCYCLOPEDIA, edited by James 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 Hilde Hoogenboom, Catharine Nepomnyashchy, and Irina Reyfman, 231-47., 2008.
Holmgren, B. “Holocaust history and jewish heritage preservation: Scholars and stewards working in pis-ruled Poland.” Shofar 37, no. 1 (January 1, 2019): 96–107. https://doi.org/10.1353/sho.2019.0004. Full Text Open Access Copy
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, Beth. “Cabaret Identity: How Best to Play a Jew or Pass as a Gentile in Wartime Poland.” Journal of Jewish Identities 7, no. 2 (2014): 15–33. https://doi.org/10.1353/jji.2014.0014. Full Text Open Access Copy
Holmgren, Beth. “Collecting the Show on the Road: Spotlight on Anna Mieszkowska and the Polish Cabaret Archive.” The Polish Review 59, no. 4 (2014): 3–3. https://doi.org/10.5406/polishreview.59.4.0003. Full Text Open Access Copy
Holmgren, B. “The Lives of Secret Others.” East European Film Bulletin, August 2013.
Holmgren, B. “Acting Out: Qui pro Quo in the Context of Interwar Warsaw.” East European Politics and Societies 27, no. 2 (May 1, 2013): 205–23. https://doi.org/10.1177/0888325412467053. Full Text Open Access Copy
Holmgren, Beth. “Toward an Understanding of Gendered Agency in Contemporary Russia.” Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 38, no. 3 (March 2013): 535–42. https://doi.org/10.1086/668517. Full Text Open Access Copy
Holmgren, B. “The art of playing patriot: The polish stardom of Helena Modjeska.” Theatre Journal 62, no. 3 (October 1, 2010): 349–71. Open Access Copy
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.
"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
Conspiracy Begins at Home: Polish and Jewish Girls’ Schooling in Late 19th-century Warsaw.. Slavic and Eurasian Studies Division. Western Social Sciences Association Convention. April 27, 2019 - April 27, 2019
Tending Andersland: The Vocation of Feliks Konarski and Nina Olenska, 1942-1990. Poles and the Polish Diaspora in North America. Emigration Museum, Gdynia, Poland. September 21, 2017 - September 22, 2017
The Lopek Dancing: The Jewish Foundations of Kabaret Literacki, 1919-1939. Book launch of Volume 31, POLIN series in Polish-Jewish Studies. The Institute for Polish-Jewish Studies and the Embassy of the Republic of Poland. January 29, 2019
Comrades versus Flappers: How the Bolshevik Revolution Rolled Over Women's Lives, Liberty, and Pursuit of Happiness. Revolutionary World, 1917 and Beyond. West Virginia University, Slavic Studies. December 4, 2017
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.
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.