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A Feminist Gulag

Marxist and feminist historian Katherine R. Jolluck may very well be a pioneer in applying her radical ideology to Polish studies in English. She has resolved, alas, to practice her deeply convoluted methodology on the history of Polish women in Stalin’s Gulag.  In her Exile and Identity: Polish Women in The Soviet Union During World War II (Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2002), Jolluck deconstructs Polish female prisoners and deportees to reveal their alleged baseness, nationalism, bigotry, and intolerance. Thus, the scholar depicts Poles in Siberia in the crooked mirror of her methodology.

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