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By James Bailey

ISBN-10: 0873326415

ISBN-13: 9780873326414

An in depth creation offers easy information regarding Russian epics, their old history, their poetics, the background in their assortment, their functionality context, and their major interpretations. furthermore, their is a brief creation to every tune, explaining its plot, allusions, and interpretations. A word list of universal phrases and a particular bibliography of stories concerning the Russian epic in English and Russian also are incorporated within the quantity.

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We have intended this anthology for those who may be interested in Russian folklore but read no Russian, for students in a course on Russian folklore or in a general course on epics, and for folklorists working in the epic traditions of other peoples in the world. Rather than attempting to provide a contemporary prose translation, we have tried to preserve as much of the special poetic language of Russian epics as possible. This in particular involves observing the identity of the lines and reproducing repetitions, which are so characteristic of oral poetry.

Kireevsky (1808-1856) became interested in collecting folk songs and inspired a group of people to take down and send him texts from many parts of Russia. A. V. Kireevsky (Kireevskii 1860-74). The bylinas in the first five volumes are important because many were taken down in parts of Central Russia where the epic tradition soon disappeared. I. Guliaev (1805-1888), a person of varied interests and abilities, collected folk songs, including epics, in southwestern Siberia near the city of Barnaul in the Altai region.

For peasants living in Central Russia and having no contact with other peoples, ethnicity was not an issue, but in the peripheral parts of the country, Russian inhabitants were stimulated to sustain their ethnic heritage. Language and folklore played a particularly important role in encouraging and communicating ethnic self-consciousness. In this respect, epic songs about Kievan Rus and Kievan bogatyrs helped a Russian population preserve and transmit memories about Russia's history and culture.

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