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Research Group The Future of Russian

Michael S. Gorham

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Michael Gorham is an Associate Professor of Russian Studies at the University of Florida, and Associate Editor of Russian Review and Russian Language Journal. He teaches language at all levels, as well as courses in literature, culture, and the Russian mass media. He received his Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures from Stanford University. Gorham has published a number of articles on the intersection of language, literature, and politics in Russia in the 1920s and 1930s. His book on this topic, Speaking in Soviet Tongues: Language Culture and the Politics of Voice in Revolutionary Russia (Northern Illinois University Press, 2003), was selected as an “Outstanding Academic Book” by Choice Magazine and won the 2004 award for “Best Book in Literary and Cultural Studies” from the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages (AATSEEL). His current research (with articles published in Russian Review, Ab Imperio, and elsewhere) explores related issues of language, politics, and national identity in late- and post-Soviet Russia. External research grants and fellowships have come from such institutions as the Social Science Research Council, the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, The American Council of Teachers of Russian (ACTR) and The International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX).

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Publications

Book

2003. Speaking in Soviet Tongues: Language Culture and the Politics of Voice in Revolutionary Russia, DeKalb, Ill.: Northern Illinois University Press. (recipient of the 2004 “Best Book in Literary and Cultural Studies” award from the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages [AATSEEL] and selected as Outstanding Academic Book by Choice Magazine)

Select articles

2006. Vladimir Putin and the Rise of the New Russian Vulgate, Groniek: Historisch Tijdschrift (Netherlands) 39 (no. 172).

2006. Language Culture and National Identity in Post-Soviet Russia, inLandslide of the Norm: Language Culture in Post-Soviet Russia, (Slavica Bergensia 6) eds. I. Lunde & T. Roesen, Bergen, pp. 18–30.

2005. Putin’s Language, Ab Imperio (Kazan, Russia) 4: 381-401.

2000. Natsiia ili snikerizatsiia? [Nation or Snickerization?] Identity and Perversion in the Language Debates of Late- and Post-Soviet Russia.,Russian Review 59: 614-29.

Forthcoming

Writers at the Front: Language of State in the Civil War Narratives of Isaac Babel and Dmitrii Furmanov, in The Enigma of Isaac Babel: Biography, History, Context, ed. Gregory Freidin (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, at press).

2009, “Language Ideology and the Evolution of Kul’tura iazyka (“Speech Culture”) in Soviet Russia,” forthcoming, Politics and the Theory of Language in the USSR 1917-1938, ed. C. Brandist and Katya Chown (London).