Aušra Paulauskienė’s book Lost and Found: The Discovery of Lithuania in American Fiction targets American as well as European scholars in the fields of literature, ethnic studies and immigration. The author discovers obscure texts on Lithuania and alerts Western and Eastern academia to their significance as well as the reasons for their neglect. For the first time, Abraham Cahan’s autobiography The Education of Abraham Cahan and Ezra Brudno’s autobiographical novel The Fugitive receive an extensive coverage, while Goldie Stone’s My Caravan of Years and Margaret Seebach’s That Man Donaleitis (sic) receive their first scholarly consideration ever. The author argues that misrepresentations, misattributions and exclusions of Lithuanian legacy in the U.S. were produced by major political events of the twentieth century.
Aušra Paulauskienė got her B.A. in English in 1982 from Vilnius University in then Soviet Lithuania. Her academic career took off in the early 1990s after Lithuania regained independence. She won awards of the Swedish Institute (1992) and the British Council (1993) and studied as a visiting M.A. student in Uppsala University and Nottingham University. In 1993 she got her M.A. in English from the newly restored Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas. In 1996 Aušra Paulauskienė was admitted in the graduate school of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She studied and taught at this university for seven years and completed her Ph.D. in English in 2003. Lost and Found is her first book that unites her knowledge of Lithuania and the U.S. scholarship on Lithuania.
Chapter One: Neither Russians nor Lithuanians but Lithuanian Jews
Chapter Two: The Narrative of Abraham Cahan’s Identity
Chapter Three: Undiscovered Jewish-American Writers from Lithuania: Ezra Brudno and Goldie Stone
Chapter Four: An Unknown Novel about Lithuanians: Margaret Seebach’s That Man Donaleitis (sic) Chapter Five: Lithuanian Voices