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, B. "Ameryka, Ameryka, czyli jak zyc w przekladzie." Zycie W Przekladzie. Ed. Stephan, H.: Wydawnictwo Literackie, Krakow, Poland. 2002. 17-33.
Holmgren, B. "At Home with Sienkiewicz." Framing the Polish Home: Postwar Cultural Constructions of Hearth, Nation, and Self. Ed. Shallcross, B.: Ohio University Press. 2002. 219-36.
Holmgren, B. ""Nadezhda Mandelstam"." YIVO ENCYCLOPEDIA OF JEWS IN EASTERN EUROPE. Ed. Hundert, GD.: Yale UP..
Holmgren, B. "Helena Modjeska on the American Stage." Ed. Litak, A and Kurylczyk, B.: The Helena Modrzejewska Theatre in Krakow, Poland.. 2-3.
Holmgren, B. "Bug Inspectors and Beauty Queens: The Problems of Translating Feminism into Russian." Genders 22 (1995): 15-31.
Holmgren, B. "The Heart of the Matter? Nationalizing the Russian and Polish Romance." Teksty Drugie (Texts 2) 3/4 (1995): 68-86.
Holmgren, B. "The Transfiguring of Context in the Work of Abram Terts." Slavic Review 50.04 (1991): 965-977. Full Text
Holmgren, B. "Rozmowy z Gombrowiczem.(Gombrowicz’s A Kind of Testament)." Pamiętnik Literacki (The Literary Journal) 1 (1990): 75-106.