An Anthology of Russian Folk Epics / Edition 1

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An extensive introduction provides basic information about Russian epics, their historical background, their poetics, the history of their collection, their performance context, and their main interpretations. In addition, their 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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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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Table of Contents

I. Epics about the Oldest Heroes; 1. Volkh Vseslavyevich; 2. Svyatogor; II. Kievan Cycle; Epics about Ilya Muromets; 3. Ilya Muromets and Nightingale the Robber; 4. Ilya Muromets and Falconer; 5. Ilya Muromets and Kalin Tsar; 6. Ilya Muromets Quarrels with Prince Vladimir; Epics about Dobrynia; 7. Dobrynya and the Dragon; 8. Dobrynya and Marinka; 9. Dobrynya Nikitich and Vasily Kazimirovich; Epics about Aliosha Popovich; 10. Alyosha Popovich, Yekim His Squire, and Tugarin; 11. Dobrynya and Alyosha Popovich; Epics about Other Kievan Heroes; 12. Mikhailo Potyk; 13. Ivan Godinovich; 14. Dunai; 15. Solovei Budimirovich; 16. Vasily Ignatyev; 17. Churila Plyonkovich; 18. Dyuk Stepanovich; 19. Stavr Godinovich; 20. Khoten Bludovich; III. Novgorod Cycle; 21. Sadko; 22. Vasily Buslayev; 23. Vasily Buslayev Travels to Jerusalem; IV. Epics with Biblical or Religious Subjects; 24. Tsar Solomon and Vasily Okulovich; 25. Forty Pilgrims and One; V. Historical Songs of the Sixteenth Century; 26. Ivan the Terrible and His Sons; 27. Kostryuk; VI. Skomoroshina; 28. Agafonushka; 29. About the Merchant Terenty; VII. Ballad; 30. The Mother of Prince Mikhailo Kills His Wife.

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