The second talk in the CREEES/DSES spring 2014 "Religion and Spirituality" Brown Bag Series is presented by PhD student Katya Cotey, a Russian author of non-fiction and fantasy and a student in the Comparative Literature program.
What is so unique about the Russian notion of witchcraft? Have there ever been witch trials in Russia and, if so, whom did they target? And how did the witches evolve while migrating from folklore to the new realm of literature and cinema?
This talk examines the unique features of Russian witches and traces their transformation from Baba-Yaga in her hut on chicken legs to the urbane and sophisticated heroine in Mikhail Bulgakov's novel “Master and Margarita” and, as a more recent example, the fierce redheads that inhabit the pages of Russian romantic fantasy.
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