A book project which will offer a collection of nearly 30 folktales, newly translated, extensive introduction, commentary and illust.
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A book project titled: Baba Yaga: The Wild Witch of the East in Russian Fairy Tales which will offer a collection of nearly 30 folktales, newly translated from the famous collections of A. N. Afanas’ev and I.A. Khudiakov, that include the Russian witch Baba Yaga. Accompanying the stories will be an extensive introduction and commentary along with a variety of illustrations depicting Baba Yaga from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries up to the twenty-first century.
Baba Yaga, The Wild Witch of the East in Russian Fairy Tales
This large-format, beautifully illustrated book presents a range of classic stories that include the Russian witch Baba Yaga. Containing a foreword, an introduction presenting the stories and images, commentary accompanying the stories, and a selection of colorful illustrations, old and new, with illuminating commentary, this collection promises to become the definitive anthology of Baba Yaga tales in English. Some images accompany the stories they illustrate, others receive more individual attention. The book targets the general public, though its contents undoubtedly will interest scholars as well.
The participants of the book are:
• Sibelan Forrester - Professor of Russian Language and Literature at Swathmore College
• Helena Goscilo - Professor and Chair of the Department of Slavic Languages and Literature, at the Ohio State University
• Jack Zipes - Professor Emeritus of German at the University of Minnesota
• Martin Skoro - Project Manager, Graphic designer, and illustrator with MartinRoss Design.
The publisher will be the University Press of Mississippi – a non-profit (501c3) publisher of academic and scholarly books. UPM is recognized as one of the premiere publishers of folklore in the English-speaking world. The Press maintains a current and active list in folklore scholarship and in folklore intended for a lay audience. As evidence of the high quality of the Press’s publications, the Press has twice won the Chicago Folklore Prize, the highest award given by the American Folklore Society. More recently, the Press has been the recipient, with two other university presses, of an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant to fund the Folklore Studies in a Multicultural World series. This series publishes original works which emphasize both the interdisciplinary and the international nature of original scholarship in folklore. The University Press of Mississippi is also a publisher of noted words intended to bring U.S. attention to works on subjects international in scope.
This project aims to provide to the North American general public, libraries, and the scholarly community a collection of nearly 30 newly translated stories, with commentary and accompanying illustrations by Russian and other graphic artists. It promises to become the definitive anthology of Baba Yaga tales in English. Baba Yaga has become increasingly popular in literature and popular culture; she is even the titular subject of a forthcoming documentary on the role of mushrooms in East European cultures, but to date no collection in English offers such a focus on Baba Yaga, her role in Russian culture and the images that represent her.
“This manuscript approaches Russian folklore in an original, engaging, and accessible manner and would be potentially welcomed by a broad reading audience interested in folklore or Russian literature and culture. To date, there is no comprehensive English-language edition of collected annotated folk tales on Baba Yaga, but this one shines a light on a character mostly unfamiliar with Americans.”
-from the University Press of Mississippi’s reader’s evaluation
We envision that this book will find broad use, certainly in libraries but also in schools as a tool applied to theatre, storytelling, and cultural insight, and for groups such as Jungian therapists who have already shown a strong interest in Baba Yaga. In addition, the book could provide members of the Russian diaspora and their families with a delightful reminder of or introduction to a familiar part of their heritage. Beyond that, the book will be an important resource to folklorists and to students and scholars of popular culture. Baba Yaga has proven to be a popular figure even outside of Russian culture; this book will make clear how deeply rooted she is in Russian traditional culture.
An outside reader of the manuscript for the Press writes in his or her evaluation:
“In recent years the interest to Russian folklore has significantly increased at North American universities, and many Slavic and Russian departments added Russian folklore and fairy tale courses to their Russian and East European studies curricula. At some colleges and universities, Russian folk tales are also included in general folklore courses.
Therefore, the proposed volume could successfully accomplish two tasks: it would provide students and specialists with a much needed organized collection of texts on Baba Yaga and also introduce this character to the general public interested in Russian folklore or folk or fairy tales in general.
The volume’s editors are well known senior scholars (Jack Zipes, Sibelan Forrester, and Helena Goscilo) whose deep knowledge of folklore and impressive academic reputation guarantees the high quality of the final result. This volume also gains strength from the participation of a professional designer who will select and arrange its illustrations.
This manuscript combines a variety of newly translated and annotated folk tales with beautiful illustrations. I have no reservations that it will appeal to a diverse readership. The selection of folk tales for this volume is truly remarkable as it presents the image of Baba Yaga in all its complexity and enigma: she can simultaneously appear as a magic helper and a personification of death, evil, and destruction.
There is something for everybody in this manuscript. Literary scholars working in the field of folklore would be pleased to see a combination of textual and visual material. Specialists in gender and cultural studies will be thrilled by a non-conventional female character. For them, Baba Yaga could become a starting point for the discussion of women’s role in Russian culture. Finally, the general reader will have an opportunity to read previously unknown exciting texts.”
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