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Author Johns, Andreas, 1964-

Title Baba Yaga : the ambiguous mother and witch of the Russian folktale / Andreas Johns
Published New York : Peter Lang, ©2004

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1 copy under consideration for MELB.
Description vi, 356 pages ; 23 cm
Series International folkloristics ; v. 3. 1528-6533
Contents 1. Interpreting Baba Yaga 8 -- Earliest Documentation and Literary Adaptations 12 -- Mythological Approaches 16 -- Baba Yaga and Ritual 21 -- Structuralist Studies 31 -- Psychological Approaches 34 -- Marxist Approaches 38 -- A Descriptive Approach 39 -- 2. The Witch at Home and Abroad 44 -- Baba Yaga and Folk Belief 53 -- Baba Yaga's Sisters and Cousins 61 -- 3. Baba Yaga and Children 85 -- Baba Yaga, the Boy, and the Oven 85 -- The Boy and His Brothers at Baba Yaga's House 108 -- Baba Yaga and the Kind and the Unkind Girls 110 -- Other Tales with Girl Heroines 131 -- Baba Yaga in Other Genres of Children's Folklore 134 -- 4. The Hut on Chicken Legs 140 -- The Quest for the Firebird, the Water and Apples of Youth, and the Tsar Maiden 140 -- The Hero Searches for His Lost Wife 147 -- Episodic, Humorous, and Anomalous Appearances 153 -- Baba Yaga's Specific Features as a Donor 154 -- 5. The Ambiguous Baba Yaga 169 -- The Dragon Mother 169 -- The Three Underground Kingdoms 176 -- Baba Yaga as a Warrior 179 -- Baba Yaga Gouges Out Men's Eyes 182 -- Baba Yaga Turns Men to Stone 184 -- Baba Yaga Sucks a Maiden's Breasts 187 -- The Hero Rescues His Sister and Brothers 189 -- Herding Baba Yaga's Mares 190 -- The Hero Deceived and Sent on Deadly Errands 193 -- A Tale Derived from Folk Epic and Two Anomalous Tales 197 -- The Hero Searches for His Lost Wife 198 -- Running from the Ogre 200 -- A Woman Searches for Her Lost Husband 207 -- The Wedding in Folktale and Traditional Life 216 -- The Supernatural Spouse 220 -- 6. The Evil Witch 227 -- Baba Yaga as a False Mother 227 -- Baba Yaga as Polyphemus, Competitor, and Evil Advisor 228 -- Baba Yaga as Koshchei's Partner 229 -- The Heroine Comes into Conflict with Her Brother 234 -- Baba Yaga as Usurper 235 -- The Maiden without Hands and the Marvelous Children 243 -- Humorous, Satirical, and Anomalous Tales 249 -- The Villain Baba Yaga in a Folk Epic Song 252
Summary "Baba Yaga is a well-known witch from the folklore tradition of Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus. She resembles witches of other traditions but is in many ways unique. Living in the forest in a hut that stands and moves on chicken legs, she travels in a mortar with a pestle and sweeps away her tracks with a broom. In some tales she tries to harm the protagonist, while in others she is helpful. This book investigates the image and ambiguity of Baba Yaga in detail and considers the meanings she has for East Slavic culture. Providing a broad survey of folktales and other sources, it will be of interest to students of anthropology, comparative literature, folklore, and Slavic and East European studies."--BOOK JACKET
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 315-352) and indexes
Subject Baba Yaga (Legendary character)
Fairy tales -- Russia -- History and criticism
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Fairy tales
LC no. 2003044743
ISBN 0820467693
9780820467696