By James Bailey
An in depth advent offers simple information regarding Russian epics, their ancient history, their poetics, the background in their assortment, their functionality context, and their major interpretations. additionally, their is a quick creation to every tune, explaining its plot, allusions, and interpretations. A word list of universal phrases and a specific bibliography of reports in regards to the Russian epic in English and Russian also are incorporated within the quantity.
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In particular Patricia Kolb, Elizabeth Granda, Ana Erlic *, and Dobrochna Dyrcz-Freeman, for their generous help in editing and publishing this anthology. And last of all, we thank the staffs at Memorial Library at the University of Wisconsin, the Russian State Library in Moscow, and the Institute of Russian Literature and the Library of the Russian Academy of Sciences, both in St. Petersburg. JAMES BAILEY PROFESSOR EMERITUS UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSINMADISON TATYANA IVANOVA HEAD OF MANUSCRIPT SECTION INSTITUTE OF RUSSIAN LITERATURE, RAN, ST.
Astakhova's volume Bylinas of Pechora and the Winter Shore (1961) contains 161 epics, historical songs, and ballads that were recorded in 1942 and from 1955 to 1956. P. Kolpakova's collection The Sung Folklore of Mezen (1967) includes 54 epics that were taken down in 1958 and 1961. Epics have also been collected among the Cossacks in southern Russia, in the Urals, and in Siberia, but especially among the Don Cossacks. Unlike the tradition in the far north, Cossack songs were sung by a male chorus, were essentially lyrics, and were relatively short.
As a part of their oral presentation, singers use special tag lines to inform listeners who is talking to whom in speeches and dialogues. Although present-day readers may be annoyed by a repetition of the phrase "hail to you," which frequently opens tag lines, in oral poetry these words function as a signal telling the audience that a speech is about to be addressed to someone. The abundance of pas- Page xxvii sages involving direct speech also underscores the comparative rarity of indirect speech in the language of Russian epics.