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In Love With Russia: U.S. Women, Sexual Revolution, and Revolutionary Tourism, 1921-1935
January 21, 2010 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Jay C. and Ruth Hall Lecture:
Honorary Fellow (2009-2010)
American Studies, Univ of Texas at Austin
The lecture examines how the modern sexual revolutions in Russia and the U.S. inspired American women’s revolutionary tourism in the Soviet Union in the 1920s and 1930s. Using fictional and archival sources, Mickenberg shows how many “new woman” in the U.S. made the “new Russia” a context for intermingled political and sexual desire that impacted the dynamics of U.S.-Russia relations.
Julia Mickenberg is Associate Professor of American 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 (Oxford UP, 2006), which won four prizes, from the Children’s Literature Association, the Society for the History of Childhood and Youth, the Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association, and the Texas Cooperative Society. She co-edited Tales for Little Rebels: A Collection of Radical Children’s Literature (NYU Press, 2008), and The Oxford Handbook of Children’s Literature (forthcoming, 2010). In 2009-10 she is at the University of Wisconsin as the Jay C. and Ruth Hall Visiting Scholar and an Honorary Fellow in the Institute for Research in the Humanities.