Ph.D. University of Virginia
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Dr. Jeanmarie Rouhier-Willoughby is an associate professor of Russian in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages in the College of Arts and Sciences. Her current research focuses on the study of Russian Orthodoxy in the folklore of post-Soviet Russia, and through the Vis Center she is developing an online multimedia critical edition entitled the Russian Folk Religious Imagination. Soviet scholars argued that the Russian Orthodox religion had a strong pre-Christian base, which allowed the government to assert that folk tradition was actually not religious at all and should be preserved. Since the fall of the Soviet Union, scholars have undertaken the study of folk religion in earnest, but there is as yet no comprehensive study of the interrelations between various folk genres (legend, song, ritual and iconography) in relation to Orthodoxy. Dr. Rouhier-Willoughby and an international team of specialists in folklore and in digital applications in the humanities (based in Russia and in the United States) seek to remedy this scholarly deficiency.