Tuesday, May 16th at 6PM
American Girls in Red Russia recovers a forgotten counterpoint to the well-worn story of a “lost” generation's escape to Paris. It explores Soviet Russia's significance for independent, liberated, and socially conscious American NewWomen in the first half of the 20th century.
Beginning in the late 19th century Russian revolutionary ideology attracted well-known suffragists, reformers, educators, journalists, artists, performers, as well as curious travelers from the US. These women felt drawn to Russia because, like men, they wanted to witness the most dramatic set of events on the world's stage. They also hoped for a new era of female possibility, in which women would be equal builders of a new world, a classless society, where culture, education and social welfare counted for more than profit and where “comradely love” changed the nature of romantic relationships.....
Julia L. Mickenberg is associate professor of American Studies, Interim Chair of the Dept. of Slavic and Eurasian Studies, and Acting Director of the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. She is the author of Learning from the Left: Children's Literature, the Cold War, and Radical Politics in the United States and co-editor of Tales for Little Rebels: A Collection of Radical Children's Literature.