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An insightful overview of the origins, structure, and language of the Russian folktale that should appeal to serious students of the genre or of Russian culture. The text examines the elements of the Russian folktale, gives a history of the recording and collection of these tales, and addresses the roles of the storyteller and of cultural rituals. Categories such as animal tales, wondertales, legends, and tales of everyday life are given individual consideration. One section offers a discussion of birth, marriage, and death rituals and how they are reflected in the stories. Another provides a detailed description of the folk rituals involving the bear and the horse, two common motifs. Haney's scholarship is evident through the extensive chapter notes and bibliography. The writing style is clear and accessible, though the topic is complex and the author covers an incredible amount of material. However, the lack of visuals limits this volume's appeal and accessibility to a wide audience.
Denise Anton Wright, Alliance Library System, Bloomington, IL
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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This engaging introduction to the Russian folktale considers the origin, structure, and language of folktales; tale-tellers and their audiences; the relationship of folktales to Russian ritual life; and the folktale types that will be presented in translation in subsequent volumes of The Complete Russian Folktale.

CONTENTS

I. The Folktale in Russia

What Is a Folktale? -- Kinds of Folktales

Structure -- Classification

The Narrative -- The Narrator -- The Audience

The Language of the Folktale

II. Recordings and Collections

III. Priests, Skomorokhs, and Tellers of Tales

IV. The Russian Ritual Milieu

Ditheism -- The Ancient Heritage

Creation Myths -- Sacrifices

Rituals of Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Russia

V. The Russian Folktale as a Source for Understanding Ritual

The Bear Rituals in Folk Tradition

The Horse in Ancient Eurasian Tradition and the Russian Folktale

The Horse in Slavic Ritual and Folktale

VI. The Complete Russian Folktale: An Overview

Animal Tales -- Wondertales -- The Legends

The Tales of Everyday Life -- The Anecdotes

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Product Details

  • Series: Complete Russian Folktale (Paperback) (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 135 pages
  • Publisher: M. E. Sharpe (May 27, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1563244942
  • ISBN-13: 978-1563244940
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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