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By James Bailey

ISBN-10: 0873326415

ISBN-13: 9780873326414

An intensive creation presents uncomplicated information regarding Russian epics, their ancient historical past, their poetics, the background in their assortment, their functionality context, and their major interpretations. additionally, their is a quick creation to every tune, explaining its plot, allusions, and interpretations. A thesaurus of universal phrases and a specific bibliography of experiences concerning the Russian epic in English and Russian also are incorporated within the quantity.

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And finally, Prince Vladimir, as he is depicted in epics, does not represent any specific "historical Vladimir" but a generalized "epic Vladimir" around whom Russian heroes are gathered and accomplish their feats. P. Sakharov, a popularizer who took the word from the opening of the medieval Russian literary epic The Tale of Igor's Campaign. The singers used the terms starina or starinka, which come from the adjective meaning old. Russian epics are customarily divided into three general groups: Mythological epics, the Kievan or Vladimir cycle, and the Novgorod cycle.

This fine volume of oral epics should delight specialists and general readers alike. LINDA IVANITS, SERIES EDITOR Page xi PREFACE Some dozen years ago, when I was planning to teach Russian epics in my course on Russian folklore and in another course on epics in the Folklore Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, I soon discovered that few translations were available, the main ones being those of Nora K. Chadwick, who brought her collection out in 1932. P. P. Foote had published with texts in Russian, a glossary, and notes in English.

One of the most valuable aspects of the Russian materials as a source for studying oral epics is that the texts have not been adapted to the literary ideals of some particular period nor have they been artificially joined to produce lengthy composite songs, as was the case, for instance, with Elias Lönnrot's publication of the Finnish Kalevala. Performers Although peasants were the sole bearers of the Russian epic tradition by the time collecting began in earnest in the nineteenth century, several other groups have undoubtedly taken part in the creation, performance, and dissemination of the bylina.

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