The forests of Moscow: the political fairy tales of Russia

Myth Reading Group

Thursday 22 March

12.00-1.30pm in Room 3.411

We are very pleased to announce that Sarah Armstrong continues our discussion of Trees & Forests with a session on the forest in Russian fairy tales


Ivan Bilibin’s illustration (1990) for the Russian fairy tale “Feather of Finist Falcon

In this meeting of the Myth Reading Group, the last of the Spring term, we will discuss the ways in which the political landscape influences the figuration of the forest in fairy tales. In the session, we will compare traditional and modern representations of the forest in Russian fairy tales [The Snow Maiden, & an extract from ‘The Ringing Cedars of Russia’]. Selected extracts [Preface & Ch. II] from R. P. Harrison’s Forests: The Shadow of Civilization (University of Chicago Press, 2009), further explore the changing relationship between the forest and human civilisation.


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