Androgynous Gender of Child-Hero(ine) in Ukrainian Wonder Tales


Alina Oprelianska (University of Tartu)

The paper aims to describe Ukrainian wonder tales with a child-hero or heroine as androgynes through beliefs of the 19th century. Although sex of the hero(ine) is indicated, they do not meet gender requirements for youth or adults, which means that their gender is of another meaning. Usage of the third gender for immaturity at the morphological level of Ukrainian language, the existed custom to dress up children in clothes without gender markers and specific beliefs about children up to seven-year-old raise a necessity to question the meaning of hero(ine)’s gender in Ukrainian wonder tales.

Part of 34-07 The Construction of Gender and Sexuality in Folklore, Wednesday, October 20, 2:15 pm–3:45 pm