The Internet Book List - Spread the word

Book Information: Politicizing Magic

Politicizing Magic (2005) [Anthology]
by Pavel Bazhov Arkady Gaidar Grigory Gorin Valentin Kataev Lazar Lagin Vasily Shukshin Yevgeny Shvarts Arkady Strugatsky Boris Strugatsky Alexei Tolstoy Yevgeny Zamyatin Rating: No votes (Rate!)
Reviews: None (show them) Review!

Summary (From the publisher):

We were born to make fairy tales come true. As one of Stalinism's more memorable slogans, this one suggests that the fairy tale figured in Soviet culture as far more than a category of children's literature. How much more-and how cannily Russian fairy tales reflect and interpret Soviet culture, especially in its utopian ambitions-becomes clear for the first time in Politicizing Magic, a compendium of folkloric, literary, and critical texts that demonstrate the degree to which ancient fairy-tale fantasies acquired political and historical meanings during the catastrophic twentieth century.

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 forironic effect-in its literary, historical, and political context.

edited by Marina Balina, Helena Goscilo, and Mark Lipovetsky


  • PART I Folkloric Fairy Tales
    • Introduction
    • The Frog Princess
    • The Three Kingdoms
    • Baba Yaga
    • Vasilisa the Beautiful
    • Maria Morevna
    • Tale of Prince Ivan, the Firebird, and the Gray Wolf
    • The Feather of Finist the Bright Falcon
    • The Magic Mirror
    • Danilo the Luckless
    • Ilya Muromets and the Dragon
    • The Maiden Tsar
    • The Magic Ring
  • PART II Fairy Tales of Socialist Realism
    • Introduction
    • Tale of the Military Secret, Malchish-Kibalchish and His Solemn Word by Arkady Gaidar
    • The Golden Key, or The Adventures of Buratino by Alexey Tolstoy
    • The Old Genie Khottabych: A Story of Make-Believe by Lazar Lagin
    • The Malachite Casket by Pavel Bazhov
    • The Flower of Seven Colors by Valentin Kataev
  • PART III Fairy Tales in Critique of Soviet Culture
    • Introduction
    • Fairy Tales for Grown-Up Children by Yevgeny Zamyatin
    • The Dragon: A Satiric Fable in Three Acts by Yevgeny Shvarts
    • Tale of the Troika by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky
    • Before the Cock Crows Thrice by Vasily Shukshin
    • That Very Munchausen by Grigory Gorin

Original title: Politicising Magic: An Anthology of Russian and Soviet Fairy Tales
Original languages: Russian


Genre: Fairy Tales & FolkloreRetellings
FictionGeneral FictionHumorSatire

The following works are contained within this one:
     Tale of the Troika (1968) [Novel]
      Authors: Arkady Strugatsky , Boris Strugatsky

Edition #1: Politicizing Magic

Politicizing Magic (2005)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Edited by: Marina Balina Helena Goscilo Mark Lipovetsky
Search at Amazon!

Search at Powells!

Search at AbeBooks!

Manifested in:

Politicizing Magic (2005)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: Evanston, IL
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
ISBN: 0810120321
Dimensions: x x
Pages: 418

Add to my library

©Steven Jeffery /, 2017
Terms of Use