An Anthology of Russian Folk Epics

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James Bailey, Tatʹi͡ana Grigorʹevna Ivanova
M.E. Sharpe, 1998 - Fiction - 409 pages
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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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Contents

Foreword Linda J Ivanits
ix
An Introduction
xv
Epics About the Oldest Heroes
1
Svyatogor
12
Kievan Cycle
23
Dobrynya and the Dragon
81
Dobrynya and Marinka
98
Dobrynya Nikitich and Vasily Kazimirovich
106
Solovei Budimirovich
201
Vasily Ignatyev
214
Dyuk Stepanovich
253
Khoten Bludovich
279
Sadko
293
Vasily Buslayev
307
Epics with Biblical or Religious Subjects
329
Historical Songs of the Sixteenth Century
355

Alyosha Popovich His Squire Yekim and Tugarin
121
Dobrynya and Alyosha Popovich
130
Mikhailo Potyk
147
Ivan Godinovich
177
Agafonushka
375
The Mother of Prince Mikhailo Kills His Wife
389
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About the author (1998)

Dr. Bailey is a past recipient of the Garland W. Clay Award, given by the American Academy of Optometry (1985). He has also served as reviewer for the following journals: Optometry and Vision Science, Journal of the Optical Society of America, Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, Journal of the American Optometric Association, and Optical Engineering.

Institute of Russian Literature, Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg.

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