Construction of Russian-American Identity: A Case Study of George Grebenstchikoff

Document Type

Grant Proposal

Date Accepted

Fall 2012

Project Description/Abstract

This innovative project examines the transformation of sociolinguistic identity in immigration focusing on George Grebenstchikoff, a prominent Russian writer who immigrated to the United States in 1924 and later began teaching Creative Writing in English. Through critical examination of the writer’s correspondence, diaries, photographs and manuscripts archived at the Immigration History Research Center (IHRC) at The University of Minnesota, I will explore the complexities of his sociolinguistic experiences in immigration and reveal his pivotal role in the foundation and development of Churaevka, a Russian literary and artistic colony in Connecticut. The significance of this project goes beyond individual experience and fulfills the need to give a voice to the Russian immigrant community in New England.

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