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AB OVO: О СЕМАНТИКЕ СКАЗОЧНОГО ОБРАЗА
AB OVO: ABOUT SEMANTICS OF THE RUSSIAN FAIRY TALE᾽S IMAGE

Author(s): Anastasiya Lyzlova
Subject(s): Language studies, Literary Texts, Studies of Literature, Philology
Published by: Петрозаводский государственный университет
Keywords: Russian folk tales; the egg; functions; plot models

Summary/Abstract: The article studies the main functions, inherent to such a fabulous common attribute as an egg. The main mythological meaning of the egg referring to cosmogony whose echoes V. N. Toporov tried to find in Russian fairy tales undergoes a strong transformation in the works of this folk genre. Here this attribute may contain important elements such as the life force of Koschei, love and anxiety of the Tsar Maiden (the plot models are 3021, the Death of Koschei in the egg and 4002 the Tsar Maiden), it may also serve as a temporary storage for the items of the other world (plot model 301A, B Three underworlds) and extremely rarely contribute to the birth of a man (plot model 327 Tom thumb and the witch). The functions performed by the egg have fantastic content. In some cases similar actions may be associated with other items equivalent to eggs (a ring, a ball, a box, or a handkerchief). In some fairy tales there is even a large-scale transformation: the egg becomes a reality of the texts with comic content (plot models 1218 Hatching, 1218** A Lazy person is sitting on the swan eggs, 1677 Minister (General) replaces a jester, who is busy hatching Chicks, 2022B a Broken egg).

  • Issue Year: 4/2016
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 136-152
  • Page Count: 16
  • Language: English, Russian