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Page Herrlinger

Associate Professor of History

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Hubbard Hall - 23

Teaching this semester

HIST 1012 / GSWS 1022. “Bad” Women Make Great History: Gender, Identity, and Society in Modern Europe, 1789–1945

Page Herrlinger
Focuses on the lives and works of path-breaking women who defied the norms of modern European society in order to assume extraordinary and often controversial identities in a range of fields -- as writers, scientists, performers, athletes, soldiers, and social and political activists. What does each woman’s deviance reveal about cultural constructions of identity and the self in Modern Europe; about contemporary views on issues such as women’s work, gender relations, education, marriage, sexuality, motherhood, health, and the struggle for civil and political rights? When studied together, what do these women’s experiences reveal about patterns of change and continuity with respect to definitions of masculinity versus femininity, the public versus private sphere, and the relationship of the individual to the modern state? Note: This course is part of the following field(s) of study: Europe.

HIST 2109. Russia's Twentieth Century: Revolution and Beyond

Page Herrlinger
Examines major transformations in Russian society, culture, and politics from the Revolutions of 1917 through the fall of the Soviet Empire in 1991. Topics include the building of socialist society under Lenin and Stalin, the political Terror of the 1930s and the expansion of the Gulag system, the experience of World War II, Soviet influence in Central Asia and Eastern Europe, attempts at de-Stalinization under Khrushchev, everyday life under “developed socialism,” the period of “glasnost” and “perestroika” under Gorbachev, and the problems of de-Sovietization in the early 1990s. Note: This course is part of the following field(s) of study: Europe.

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Teaching Interests

18th-20th Century Russia and the Soviet Union; socialist culture; 19-20th Century Germany; First World War; Second World War; women in modern Europe; visual culture

18th-20th Century Russia and the Soviet Union; socialist culture; 19-20th Century Germany; First World War; Second World War; women in modern Europe; visual culture

atteaMy research focuses on the intersection between religious belief and everyday life in the experience of ordinary Russian people during 19th and 20th centuries, including the so-called “godless” Soviet period. I am interested in the diverse and evolving ways that individuals understood the role of God and faith in their lives, selves and communities – both what they valued as sacred, and how their beliefs gave them a framework for acting, understanding change, and structuring society. These questions are relevant to Russia’s past as well as its present, as Russians today debate the role that the Orthodox Church should play in modern society and politics, and the relationship between Orthodoxy and “Russianness.”

At the center of my current book project, “Defying Orthodoxy,” is the collective experience of the tens of thousands of devout Russian Orthodox believers who, over the course of the last century, have challenged dominant norms of faith, authority and identity in order to proclaim their personal salvation through the teachings and prayers of a charismatic lay preacher known as “Brother Ioann” Churikov (1861-1933).

Working SoulsMy first book, Working Souls: Russian Orthodoxy and Factory Labor in St. Petersburg, 1880-1917 (Bloomington, Indiana: Slavica Publishers, 2007), addressed questions of religious (and irreligious) identity among workers in Russia’s most revolutionary and modern city, St. Petersburg/Petrograd. While documenting the remarkable vitality and diversity of urban religious life at the end of the Imperial era, it explores the various ways in which the components of workers’ religious identity – their practices, sensibilities, and beliefs about God, self and society – were transformed by the experience of modern factory life. It also considers the extent to which the evolving spiritual needs and demands of the working class laity precipitated changes in Russian Orthodoxy and the role of the Church in modern society.

"The Pious Women of an 'Unsimple Folk': Female Perspectives on Faith and Authority Among the Orthodox Laity of St. Petersburg, 1895-1917," Church and Society in Modern Russia: Essays in Honor of Gregory L. Freeze eds. Manfred Hildemeier and Elise Kimerling Wirtschafter (Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag, 2015), 113-132.

"Orthodoxy and the Politics of Emotion in the Case of 'Brother Ioann' Churikov and His Followers, 1910-1914," in Orthodox Parodoxes: Heterogeneities and Complexities in Contemporary Russian Orthodoxy (Brill, 2015).

“Worker Cultures in Revolutionary Russia, 1914-1922,” in Russia’s Great War and Revolution, 1914-1922. The Century Reappraisal (Slavica, 2014).

 “Petitions to Brother Ioann Churikov,” in Orthodox Christianity in Imperial Russia:  A Sourcebook on Lived Religion, ed. Heather Coleman (Indiana University Press, 2015).

 “Villain or Victim? The Faith-Based Sobriety of the Factory Worker Peter Terekhovich in Soviet Russia, 1925-29.” Europe-Asia Studies, Vol. 65, no. 9 (November 2013): 1737-54

“Trials of the Unorthodox Orthodox: The Followers of Brother Ioann Churikov and Their Critics in Modern Russia, 1894-1914,” Russian History 40 (2013): 244-63.

“The Religious Landscape in Revolutionary St. Petersburg, 1900-1917.” Journal of Urban History 37:6 (November 2011): 842-857.

«Из истории неортодоксального православия: «преступления» братца Иоанна Чурикова и его последователей в России в 1905-1914 гг.» [“A Case of Unorthodox Orthodoxy: The ‘Religious Crimes” of Brother Ioann Churikov and his Followers in Modern Russia, 1905-1914.”] in “Vina i Pozor v kontekse traditsionnoi kul’tury,” eds. Marianna Muraveyva and Natalia Pushkareva (St. Petersburg:  European University Press, 2011).

“Raising Lazarus: Orthodoxy and the Factory Narod in St. Petersburg, 1905-1914,” Jahrbucher fur Geschichte Osteuropas, vol. 52, no. 3 (2004).

“Orthodoxy and the Experience of Factory Life in St. Petersburg, 1881-1905,” in New Labor History: Worker Identity and Experience in Russia, 1840-1918, ed. by Michael Melancon and Alice Pate (Slavica, 2002).