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The oral traditions of the Epic of Manas

Hickey, Matthew Christopher (2024) The oral traditions of the Epic of Manas. Undergraduate Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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This paper investigates the 1946 Great Campaign translation of the Epic of Manas and the characterization of its criticism and the justification of the translation project in the context of its 1952 condemnations. This paper explores the 1926 transcription of the Great Campaign by Sagimbay Uulu Orozbaq, his background, and political context. By examining the conditions of publication of the 1946 Great Campaign, this paper shows how these conditions contributed to the creation of an ideologically vulnerable text. This analysis is contextualize within the 1952 conference and Soviet Wide anti-epic trend, providing insight into the reasons for pulling the book from circulation. Methodologically, archival research conducted at the Central State Archives, Toktogul Museum, and Manas Ordo Museum, coupled with the examination of newspapers from the Eastview digital archive, form the backbone of this study. Personal experiences with nineteen interviews and recordings with two Manaschi in Kyrgyzstan provide invaluable insights. In conclusion, this paper underscores how the response to criticism regarding the ideological content of the book was primarily centered on justifying the role and intent of the translation project while deflecting accountability towards both the Manaschi and the 1922-26 transcription project.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Hickey, Matthew Christophermch95@pitt.edumch950009-0008-2945-6104
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairPickett,
Committee MemberLotz,
Committee MemberNappi,
Committee MemberMucaram,
Date: 23 April 2024
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 12 April 2024
Approval Date: 23 April 2024
Submission Date: 18 April 2024
Access Restriction: 1 year -- Restrict access to University of Pittsburgh for a period of 1 year.
Number of Pages: 43
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: David C. Frederick Honors College
Degree: BPhil - Bachelor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Undergraduate Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Manas, folklore, Soviet, Sagimbay, translation, censorship
Date Deposited: 23 Apr 2024 14:24
Last Modified: 23 Apr 2024 14:24


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