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The Complete Russian Folktale: v. 5: Russian Legends

By Jack V. Haney Copyright 2003
    240 Pages
    by Routledge

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    Richly represented in the Russian folktale tradition, the legends are religious tales (types 750-849 in the Aame-Thompson index) in a peasant village setting. Among the standard themes is the return of Christ, who wanders through rural Russia with his disciples. Satan appears here too, as do a cast of spirits and lesser devils. Pre-Christian gods may be recognized in tales of saints Ilya and Nikolai (Elijah and Saint Nicholas). The hapless peasant in these tales - cheated, betrayed, impoverished, foolish, orphaned, crippled - take the reader deep into the traditional village culture of Russia and into the imperfect human quest for moral choice and justice on this earth.

    Preface; Introduction; 401. A Poor Man; 402. A Tale; 403. About Ivanushka; 404. The Poor Widow; 405. The Guest; 406. The Serpent; 407. The Envious Man; 408. The Rich Peasant; 409. A Magic Threshing; 410. About Ilia; 411. The Blacksmith and the Devil; 412. The Hermit and the Devil; 413. Saving Your Soul; 414. Sin and Repentance; 415. The Archpriests Daughter; 416. A Thief Forgiven; 417. The Proud, Rich Man; 418. [untitled]; 419. Ivan the Merchants Soon Tells Off the Tsars Daughter; 420. Money; 421. The Death of the Miser; 422. The Soldier and the Landlord as Corpse; 423. Are There Priests Without Sin?; 424. Laboring for the Forest Spirit; 425. The Fiddler in Hell; 426. Money; 427. The Devil and the Landlord; 428. Infanticide Punished by Serpents; 429. The Bigamist; 430. Dusk Burnt Over; 431. [untitled]; 432. The Old Woman in Church; 433. The Priest Musician


    Jack V. Haney received bachelor’s degrees in Russian language and literature from the University of Washington (1962) and Oxford University (1964), where he was a Rhodes Scholar. In 1970 he completed a D.Phil. in medieval Russian literature at Oxford with a dissertation on Maxim the Greek. Until his retirement he was professor of Slavic languages and literatures at the University of Washington, Seattle, where he taught medieval Russian literature, Russian folklore, and the Russian language.