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Storytelling in SiberiaThe Olonkho Epic in a Changing World$
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Robin P. Harris

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780252041280

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252041280.001.0001

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Epic Revitalization

Epic Revitalization

Negotiating Identities and Other Challenges

(p.135) Chapter 6 Epic Revitalization
Storytelling in Siberia

Robin P. Harris

University of Illinois Press

Summarizing the vast changes across the Russian Federation that left their mark on olonkho performance practice, this chapter focuses on a few of the factors that have played a large role in the widespread view of olonkho as a national ideal rather than for its entertainment value. Topics include negotiations of cultural, religious, and political identity, along with related issues of nostalgia, festivals, and postcolonial and neocolonial tensions with the Center. Chapter 6 also examines lessons learned from the revitalization of two other Asian epic traditions, the Kyrgyz Manas and Korean p’ansori, then outlines some conclusions regarding common challenges of revitalizing living (improvisational) epic traditions.

Keywords:   Russian Federation, identity, nostalgia, festivals, postcolonial, neocolonial, Center, Manas, p’ansori, improvisation

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