Politicizing Magic: An Anthology of Russian and Soviet Fairy Tales
Introducing Western readers to the most representative texts of Russian folkloric and literary tales, this book documents a rich exploration of this colorful genre through all periods of Soviet literary production (1920-1985) by authors with varied political and aesthetic allegiances. Here are traditional Russian folkloric tales and transformations of these tales that, adopting the didacticism of Soviet ideology, proved significant for the official discourse of Socialist Realism. Here, too, are narratives produced during the same era that use the fairy-tale paradigm as a deconstructive device aimed at the very underpinnings of the Soviet system. The editors' introductory essays acquaint readers with the fairy-tale paradigm and the permutations it underwent within the utopian dream of Soviet culture, deftly placing each-from traditional folklore to fairy tales of Socialist Realism, to real-life events recast as fairy tales for ironic effect-in its literary, historical, and political context.
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Northwestern University Press
Fairy tales, Russia, Soviet Union, folk literature
Arts and Humanities | Other Languages, Societies, and Cultures
Balina, Marina; Goscilo, Helena; and Lipovetsky, Mark, "Politicizing Magic: An Anthology of Russian and Soviet Fairy Tales" (2005). IWU Authors Bookshelf. 34.