Folk Narrator

The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Folk Narrator


(in Russian, skazochnik), a narrator of folktales (skazki) who draws on a large or small repertoire. While narrating the traditional folktale, the narrator gives it new features and alters it in accordance with his abilities and tastes and the demands of his audience. Folk narrators differ in their repertoire, the language and ideological orientation of the tales, and the manner of narration.

Professional folk narrators played an important role in the development of folktales among all peoples. The best-known folk narrator in 19th-century Russia was the Samara narrator Abram Novopol’tsev. Outstanding Soviet folk narrators have included A. K. Baryshnikova (Kuprianikha) and A. N. Korol’kova.


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Korol’kova, A. N. Russkie narodnye skazki. [Notes by E. V. Pomerantseva and others.] Moscow, 1969.
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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