Slavic and Eurasian Studies

Religion and Spirituality Brown Bag Series: "Witchcraft In Russian Culture" by Katya Cotey

Wed, March 5, 2014 | BUR 231

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Religion and Spirituality Brown Bag Series:

Join us for the second talk in our Spring 2014 "Religion and Spirituality" Brown Bag Series!

For centuries, stories of witches and sorceresses have captured the imagination of people all over the world. However, it is the witch from Western canon that basks in the limelight, while her Slavic counterpart remains a somewhat obscure figure.

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.

Check out the flyer for this talk here!

Katya Cotey is a PhD student in the Comparative Literature Program and a Russian author of non-fiction and fantasy.

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