Leaving the House of Memory: Post-Soviet Traces of Deportation Memory

Mosaic, Vol. 45, No. 2, pp. 149-164, 2012

17 Pages Posted: 8 Apr 2012 Last revised: 23 Sep 2012

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Rebecca Gould

Professor, Islamic World & Comparative Literature, College of Arts & Law, University of Birmingham; Harvard University - Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies

Date Written: 2012

Abstract

Drawing on Pierre Nora’s contribution to memory studies, this essay examines the mediation of history by deportation memory. It focuses on the ethnographic and textual traces of the 1944 deportation of the Chechen and Ingush from their homelands to Central Asia. Georgian and Russian literary texts are placed in dialogue with ethnography to illuminate the recent historical experience of two Muslims peoples of the Caucasus: the Chechens, who were deported, and the Hunzib, who remained behind.

Keywords: memory, literature, trauma, genocide, Chechen, Daghestan, Ingush, Caucasus

Suggested Citation

Gould, Rebecca Ruth, Leaving the House of Memory: Post-Soviet Traces of Deportation Memory (2012). Mosaic, Vol. 45, No. 2, pp. 149-164, 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2035858

Rebecca Ruth Gould (Contact Author)

Professor, Islamic World & Comparative Literature, College of Arts & Law, University of Birmingham ( email )

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