A. A. Shuktomova’s Collection of Fairy Tales Recorded by A. K. Mikushev (Based on the Archive of the Museum of the History of Education of the Komi Territory of Syktyvkar State University)

Key words
Komi folk tale, repertoire, storyteller, variant, plot type, individual skill
Nadezhda S. Korovina
About the Author
E-mail: nadezhdakorovina@mail.ru Tel.: +7(8212) 20-17-02
26, Kommunisticheskaya str., Syktyvkar, 167982, Russian Federation
PhD in Philology, Senior researcher, Folklore Department, Institute of the Language, Literature and History, Federal Research Center, Komi Science Centre, Ural Branch, Russian Academy of Sciences
Date of publication

The work was carried out within the framework of the research project“The Poetics of Folklore of the Peoples of the European North of Russia in Synchrony and Diachrony” (registration No. 12105140044–2).


This article focuses on the texts of fairy tales written down by A. K. Mikushev in the 1960s and 70s as told by the wonderful storyteller Anastasia Arsentievna Shuktomova (1891–1975) from the village of Ipatovo, Syktyvdinsky district, Komi Republic. An analysis of the material shows that A. A. Shuktomova had an extensive fairytale repertoire, most of which consists of variants of well-known plots. Currently, the texts of 41 fairy tales have been identified, including 15 fairy tales, 10 household tales, and 16 tales about animals. The source of Shuktomova fairy tales was the folklore tradition of Ipatovo village. The famous Komi storyteller owed her first knowledge of fairy tales to her paternal grandfather, Ivan Timofeevich, and to other relatives. Printed editions also left a noticeable mark in the work of the Komi storyteller; the influence of these literary sources was indirect.

Inheriting all the best from the folklore of her native land, Shuktomova approached fairy tales creatively, enriched them with her talent, and gave them new life, creating her own works. The originality of her texts is manifested in her ability to convey a traditional plot, at the same time skillfully combining canonical means with realistic details. The desire to show everyday life combined with the vital authenticity of oral storytelling that clearly preserves fairy tale rituals — these characterize Shuktomova’s individual style..


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Korovina N. S. A. A. Shuktomova’s Collection of Fairy Tales Recorded by A. K. Mikushev (Based on the Archive of the Museum of the History of Education of the Komi Territory of Syktyvkar State University. Traditional Culture. 2023. Vol. 24. No. 2. Pp. 65–77. In Russian.