- E-mail: email@example.com
Language Background: Russian (Native), English, Polish, German.
Supervising Faculty:Thomas Garza, Elizabeth Richmond-Garza
C L F323 • Russian Myths And Folk Tales
MTWTHF 1000am-1130am BUR 228
(also listed as
ANT F325L, REE F325, RUS F330 )
Designed to explore the rich folkloric traditions that for centuries have shaped Russian national identity, literature, music, visual arts, and film. We will examine the multiple facets of Russian folklore, including fairy tales, folk superstitions, and magical rituals, such as divination, that gave their participants the sense of control over their everyday life. In our survey of folk superstitions, we will identify the main supernatural beings of Slavic folklore (demons; household and nature spirits; revenants and shapeshifters) and explore how their Otherness was used for shaping normativity and defining cultural values.
Ivanits, Linda. Russian Folk Belief
Afanas'ev, Aleksandr, Russian Fairy Tales
Propp Vladimir, Morphology of the Folktale
- Class attendance and active participation 20%
- Twenty-minute group presentation 30%
- Short reaction paper to a work of literature, art, or film (2-3pgs) 20%
- Research paper (10-12pgs) 30%