An Anthology of Russian Folk Epics


This anthology presents translations of thirty songs about Ilya Muromets, Dobrynya, Sadko, and other legendary characters of Russian folklore.

An extensive introduction provides basic background about Russian epics, their poetics, the history of their collection, their performance context, and their main interpretations. In addition, there is a short introduction to each song, explaining its plot, allusions, and interpretations. A glossary of common terms and a selected bibliography of studies about the Russian epic in English and Russian are also included in the volume.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
These translations of 30 tales-many of which appear in English for the first time-offer fascinating glimpses into Russian history and culture. While some of the characters may be familiar through recent picture-book retellings, most will be new to readers. Bailey is a respected American scholar of Russian folklore, and Ivanova is a Russian folklorist specializing in epics. In addition to translating the selections, they have written a rich, ongoing commentary on the tradition of the Russian oral epic; they also include a glossary and extensive bibliography. Unfortunately, the illustrations are limited to a handful of black-and-white historical maps and renderings of influential people. Although this volume may have its widest use as a tool for scholarly study, it fills a void in Russian folklore, which has existed for far too long.-Denise Anton Wright, Alliance Library System, Bloomington, IL Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Presents 30 oral folk-song epics. Each of the songs is accompanied by introductions explaining historical and cultural contexts. The entries are divided into sections related to the oldest known heroes, the Kievan and Novgorod cycles, epics with Biblical of religious subjects, historical songs of the 16th century, and the ballad. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765630803
  • Publisher: Sharpe, M. E. Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/10/1998
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eTextbook
  • Pages: 464
  • File size: 33 MB
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Table of Contents

The Russian Oral Epic Tradition: An Introduction
I Epics About the Oldest Heroes
1 Volkh Vseslavyevich 3
2 Svyatogor 12
II Kievan Cycle
Epics About Ilya Muromets
3 Ilya Muromets and Nightingale the Robber 25
4 Ilya Muromets and Falconer 37
5 Ilya Muromets and Kalin Tsar 49
6 Ilya Muromets Quarrels with Prince Vladimir 69
Epics About Dobrynya
7 Dobrynya and the Dragon 81
8 Dobrynya and Marinka 98
9 Dobrynya Nikitich and Vasily Kazimirovich 106
Epics About Alyosha Popovich
10 Alyosha Popovich, His Squire Yekim, and Tugarin 121
11 Dobrynya and Alyosha Popovich 130
Epics About Other Kievan Heroes
12 Mikhailo Potyk 147
13 Ivan Godinovich 177
14 Dunai 188
15 Solovei Budimirovich 201
16 Vasily Ignatyev 214
17 Churila Plyonkovich 225
18 Dyuk Stepanovich 253
19 Stavr Godinovich 264
20 Khoten Bludovich 279
III Novgorod Cycle
21 Sadko 293
22 Vasily Buslayev 307
23 Vasily Buslayev Travels to Jerusalem 319
IV Epics with Biblical or Religious Subjects
24 Tsar Solomon and Vasily Okulovich 331
25 Forty Pilgrims and One 341
V Historical Songs of the Sixteenth Century
26 Ivan the Terrible and His Sons 357
27 Kostryuk 365
VI Skomoroshina
28 Agafonushka 375
29 About the Merchant Terenty 379
VII Ballad
30 The Mother of Prince Mikhailo Kills His Wife 389
Glossary 397
Bibliography 401
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