We have been born to make fairy stories come precise. As one in every of Stalinism's extra memorable slogans, this one means that the fairy story figured in Soviet tradition as way over a class of kid's literature. How a lot more-and how cannily Russian fairy stories replicate and interpret Soviet tradition, specifically in its utopian ambitions-becomes transparent for the 1st time in Politicizing Magic, a compendium of folkloric, literary, and significant texts that reveal the measure to which old fairy-tale fantasies obtained political and old meanings throughout the catastrophic 20th century.
Introducing Western readers to the main consultant texts of Russian folkloric and literary stories, this booklet files a wealthy exploration of this colourful style via all sessions of Soviet literary construction (1920-1985) via authors with different political and aesthetic allegiances. listed below are conventional Russian folkloric stories and differences of those stories that, adopting the didacticism of Soviet ideology, proved major for the legit discourse of Socialist Realism. the following, too, are narratives produced in the course of the comparable period that use the fairy-tale paradigm as a deconstructive gadget geared toward the very underpinnings of the Soviet approach. The editors' introductory essays acquaint readers with the fairy-tale paradigm and the variations it underwent in the utopian dream of Soviet tradition, deftly putting each-from conventional folklore to fairy stories of Socialist Realism, to real-life occasions recast as fairy stories for ironic effect-in its literary, historic, and political context.
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