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📒Tsarevna ✍ Kirsten E.A. Borg
✏Tsarevna Book Summary : Born in 1657, Sophia Alexeyevna Romanov was the Tsars daughter, a tsarevna expected to wither away in glittering seclusion among her useless sisters and aunts. Instead, she became the first woman to rule Mother Russia. Seventeenth-century Russia was a time of bloody turbulence and brutal conflict. When the sudden death of Tsar Alexis I left the Russian Empire bereft of strong male leadership, Sophia was cast into the breach as Regent. She governed with competent zest, aided by her urbane and brilliant Prime Minister, Prince Vasily Golitsyn, with whom she had a passionate love affair. Wary and cautious, she protected the imperial throne as her young brother matured into his destiny as Tsar Peter the Great. Even as a boy, his titanic energy and enthusiasm foreshadowed his coming reign. Yet Sophia struggled to maintain her balance in loving this delightful child and realizing the harsh truth: once he became tsar, her rule would end. Set against the colorful, violent backdrop of Russia, Tsarevna is not only the story of an extraordinary woman in extraordinary circumstances, but a commentary on the sobering reality faced by any woman battling to empower herself in a world seeking to keep her captive.
📒An Anthology Of Russian Folktales ✍ Jack V. Haney
✏An Anthology of Russian Folktales Book Summary : This anthology gathers a broad selection of Russian folktales, legends, and anecdotes, and includes helpful features that make them more accessible and engaging for English-language readers. Editor Jack V. Haney has selected some of the best tales from his seven-volume "Complete Russian Folktale" collection and added examples of anecdotes and the long 'serial tales' told in the far north.The 114 tales included here represent every genre found in the Russian tradition. They date from the eighteenth through the twentieth centuries and come from all geographic regions of the Russian-speaking world. The collection is enhanced by a detailed introduction to the folktale and its types, brief introductions to each grouping of tales, head notes with interesting background for individual tales, and a glossary explaining Russian terms.
📒The Complete Russian Folktale Russian Animal Tales ✍ Jack V. Haney
✏The Complete Russian Folktale Russian animal tales Book Summary : This introduction to the Russian folktale considers the origin, structure and language of folktales; tale-tellers and their audiences; the relationship of folktales to Russian ritual life; and the folktale types which are translated in subsequent volumes of "The Complete Russian Folktale".
✏Russian Magic Tales from Pushkin to Platonov Book Summary : 'She turned into a frog, into a lizard, into all kinds of other reptiles and then into a spindle' In these tales, young women go on long and difficult quests, wicked stepmothers turn children into geese and tsars ask dangerous riddles, with help or hindrance from magical dolls, cannibal witches, talking skulls, stolen wives, and brothers disguised as wise birds. Half the tales here are true oral tales, collected by folklorists during the last two centuries, while the others are reworkings of oral tales by four great Russian writers: Alexander Pushkin, Nadezhda Teffi, Pavel Bazhov and Andrey Platonov. In his introduction to these new translations, Robert Chandler writes about the primitive magic inherent in these tales and the taboos around them, while in the afterword, Sibelan Forrester discusses the witch Baba Yaga. This edition also includes an appendix, bibliography and notes. Translated by Robert Chandler and Elizabeth Chandler With Sibelan Forrester, Anna Gunin and Olga Meerson
📒The Complete Russian Folktale ✍ Jack V. Haney
✏The complete Russian folktale Book Summary : This splendid multi-volume work acquaints non-Russians with a rich folktale tradition that has not been easily accessible or well known in the West. Compared to other European traditions, the East Slavs have an extremely large number of tale types. Using the Russian version of the Aarne-Thompson index to folktale types, and drawing on both archival and written sources dating back to the early sixteenth century, Haney has assembled and translated examples of the full range of tales. Nearly all of these tales appear here in translation for the first time. Each volume includes an introduction and valuable annotation.
✏The Complete Russian Folktale An introduction to the Russian folktale Book Summary : This engaging introduction to the Russian folktale considers the origin, structure, and language of folktale; tale-tellers and their audiences; the relationship of folktale to Russian ritual life; and the folktale types that are translated in subsequent volumes of The Complete Russian Folktale.
📒The Mountains Of Allah ✍ Paul Chavchavadze
✏The Mountains of Allah Book Summary : Fight between Turks and Russians in the Caucasus in 1850's.
📒A Book Of Children S Literature ✍ Lillian Hollowell
✏A Book of Children s Literature Book Summary :
📒Russian Tales Of Demonic Possession ✍ Marcia A. Morris
✏Russian Tales of Demonic Possession Book Summary : Russian Tales of Demonic Possession: Translations of Savva Grudtsyn and Solomonia provides detailed introductions and full translation of the seventeenth-century Tale of Savva Grudtsyn and Tale of the Demoniac Solomonia as well as of Aleksey Remizov’s modernist re-workings of the two tales, The Demoniacs. These works provide insight into Russian culture in the seventeenth century and how beliefs changed over time.
📒The Transfigured Kingdom ✍ Ernest A. Zitser
✏The Transfigured Kingdom Book Summary : Studies of the Harriman Institute, Columbia UniversityIn this richly comparative analysis of late Muscovite and early Imperial court culture, Ernest A. Zitser provides a corrective to the secular bias of the scholarly literature about the reforms of Peter the Great. Zitser demonstrates that the tsar's supposedly "secularizing" reforms rested on a fundamentally religious conception of his personal political mission. In particular, Zitser shows that the carnivalesque (and often obscene) activities of the so-called Most Comical All-Drunken Council served as a type of Baroque political sacrament—a monarchical rite of power that elevated the tsar's person above normal men, guaranteed his prerogative over church affairs, and bound the participants into a community of believers in his God-given authority ("charisma"). The author suggests that by implicating Peter's "royal priesthood" in taboo-breaking, libertine ceremonies, the organizers of such "sacred parodies" inducted select members of the Russian political elite into a new system of distinctions between nobility and baseness, sacrality and profanity, tradition and modernity.Tracing the ways in which the tsar and his courtiers appropriated aspects of Muscovite and European traditions to suit their needs and aspirations, The Transfigured Kingdom offers one of the first discussions of the gendered nature of political power at the court of Russia's self-proclaimed "Father of the Fatherland" and reveals the role of symbolism, myth, and ritual in shaping political order in early modern Europe.