Book Launch: American Girls in Red Russia with Dr. Julia Mickenberg

Join the Slavic Department and the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies as Dr. Julia Mickenberg (CREEES Interim Director) presents a reading of her forthcoming book, "American Girls in Red Russia: Chasing the Soviet Dream," and enjoy appetizers provided by Russian House.


From the publisher: If you were an independent, adventurous, liberated American woman in the 1920s or 1930s where might you have sought escape from the constraints and compromises of bourgeois living? Paris and the Left Bank quickly come to mind. But would you have ever thought of Russia and the wilds of Siberia? This choice was not as unusual as it seems now.

As Julia L. Mickenberg uncovers in American Girls in Red Russia, there is a forgotten counterpoint to the story of the Lost Generation: beginning in the late nineteenth century, Russian revolutionary ideology attracted many women, including suffragists, reformers, educators, journalists, and artists, as well as curious travelers. Some were famous, like Isadora Duncan or Lillian Hellman; some were committed radicals, though more were just intrigued by the “Soviet experiment.” But all came to Russia in search of social arrangements that would be more equitable, just, and satisfying. And most in the end were disillusioned, some by the mundane realities, others by horrifying truths. (University of Chicago)

Event date: 
Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - 6:00pm to 7:45pm
Event address: 
5501 North Lamar #A-105
Austin, TX 78751
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ISBN: 9780226256122
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Published: University of Chicago Press - April 25th, 2017