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Exploring speech in Russian fairy tales

Kirilloff, Gabrielle (2012) Exploring speech in Russian fairy tales. Undergraduate Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Both because of their prevalence in contemporary culture and because of their ability to affect the acculturation of children, fairy tales are commonly examined from a feminist perspective. Many scholars have begun to ask if the distribution of agency in tales reflects patriarchal values, for example, are princesses nothing more than passive damsels in distress? One way to discuss these types of power relationships is to examine speech. The ability to speak can be viewed as a type of agency that shapes a character’s outcome within a narrative; it is through speech that characters bless, curse, and interact with one another. This paper seeks to explore the connections among agency, gender, moral alignment, and speech in Russian fairy tales from the Alexander Afanas′ev collection. As part of this research, the frequency of male and female vocalizations has been measured, as well as different types of silence. This research also examines the patterns of speech that appear in different tale typologies that revolve around a central female character.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
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TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Thesis AdvisorBirnbaum, Daviddjbpitt@pitt.eduDJBPITT
Committee MemberCarr, Stephenscarr@pitt.eduSCARR
Committee MemberReyn, Irinairr2@pitt.eduIRR2
Committee MemberBottigheimer,
Date: 24 May 2012
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 26 March 2012
Approval Date: 24 May 2012
Submission Date: 19 April 2012
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 35
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > English
David C. Frederick Honors College
Degree: BPhil - Bachelor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Undergraduate Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: gender, speech, Russian folklore
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Date Deposited: 24 May 2012 19:53
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:57


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