“Speaking in Tongues: Language, Culture, Literature, and Language of State in Early Soviet Russian, 1921-1934”
Associate Professor of Russian Studies, Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies,
University of Florida
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Michael Gorham is an Associate Professor of Russian Studies at the University of Florida and teaches language, literature, and culture courses at all levels. He received his Ph.D., supervised by Professor Freidin, from the Stanford Slavic Department in 2004.
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 one article published in Russian Review) 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).
Speaking in Soviet Tongues: Language Culture and the Politics of Voice in Revolutionary Russia. DeKalb, Ill.: Northern Illinois University Press, 2003. (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)
"Natsiia ili snikerizatsiia? [Nation or Snickerization?] Identity and Perversion in the Language Debates of Late- and Post-Soviet Russia." Russian Review 59 (October 2000): 614-29.
"Mastering the Perverse: State-building and Language 'Purification' in Early Soviet Russia," Slavic Review 58: 1 (Spring 2000): 133-53.
"Coming to Terms with the New Writing Citizen: Soviet Language of State in The Diary of Kostia Riabtsev," East/West Education 18:1 (Spring 1997): 6-21.
"From Charisma to Cant: Models of Public Speaking in Early Soviet Russia," Canadian Slavonic Papers/Revue canadienne des slavistes 38, nos. 3-4 (September-December 1996) [printed December 1997]: 331-55.
"Tongue-tied Writers: The Rabsel'kor Movement and the Voice of the 'New Intelligentsia' in Early Soviet Russia," Russian Review 55:3 (July 1996): 412-29.