The Pomor Storytellers A. S. Nikitina and A. I. Suslonova: Continuity of Repertoire Within a Family

Key words
КKarelian Pomorye, fairy tale repertoire, A. S. Nikitina, A. I. Suslonova, family tradition, Scientific Archives of the Karelian Research Centre of the Russian Academy of Sciences
Anastasiya S. Lyzlova
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11, Pushkinskaya str., Petrozavodsk, 185910, Republic of Karelia, Russian Federation
PhD (Philology), Researcher, Institute of Linguistics, Literature and History, Karelian Research Center, Russian Academy of Sciences.
Date of publication

This article examines a unique circumstance connected with fairy tales from the archives of the Karelian Research Centre of the Russian Academy of Sciences, recorded in various years in the village Sumsky Posad (Karelian Pomorye) by A. S. Nikitina and her daughter, A. I. Suslonova. The recordings took place at different times, separated by decades: Nikitina’s tales first came out in 1908 in the volume collected by N. E. Onchukov entitled Northern Tales, and were later published in 1938; the archival recordings by her daughter date from 1968, 1981, and 1982. This article provides a description of the repertoire of literate performers, based mainly on literary works (the tales of A. S. Pushkin, H. C. Andersen, V. A. Zhukovsky, and cheap popular prints — lubki). The tales recorded by Nikitina and Suslonova have not been published in full; they are not included in the 1974 academic collection Russian Folk Tales of the Karelian Pomorye, although its compilers pay tribute to the performers in the introductory article. The total number of fairy tales they recorded is over forty, some of which were recorded more than once. This article focuses on the case of the fairy tale about the skin of a louse told by both bearers of the folklore tradition to trace how the text changed over time.


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For citation

Lyzlova A. S. The Pomor Storytellers A. S. Nikitina and A. I. Suslonova: Continuity of Repertoire Within a Family. Traditional Culture. 2023. Vol. 24. No. 2. Pp. 78–87. In Russian.