Dear Friends, Danusha V. Goska has received a contract for the publication of her scholarly book, Bieganski: The Brute Polak Stereotype, Its Role in Polish Jewish Relations and American Popular Culture. The publisher expects the book to be published this year.
Many of you are familiar with Dr. Goska's work from her webpage, from her publications in Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry, New York Folklore, Southern Folklore, Sarmatian Review, 2B: A Journal of Ideas, Ethnic Studies Review, Sojourners, The Sun, and The Journal of Popular Culture. Shofar called one published chapter of Bieganski "groundbreaking."
She has been the recipient of a New Jersey State Council on the Arts Grant for writers, a FLAS scholarship, the William Paterson women's writer's award and the Indiana University Eva Kagan Kans award for writing about an Eastern European woman.
Dr. Goska wrote Bieganski under punishing conditions; a catastrophic illness crippled her and reduced her to penury, but did not stop her.
Given that her book will appear soon, it would be beneficial for Polonia if Dr. Goska were up-to-date on the current status of the Polish-Jewish dialogue. The Kosciuszko Foundation summer session on the Jewish experience in Poland could prepare her for future media appearances.
Dr. Goska has no money of her own to fund this trip and is seeking funds. Allow me to offer my thanks to anyone who can guide Dr. Goska to a source of funding for this vital experience.
I have posted previously about Dr. Goska. Click here to see an excerpt from her work on Bieganski.