Uprooting Gender: How Was Gender Believed in Ukrainian Folklore of the 19th Century?

Alina Oprelianska (University of Tartu)

Gender in traditional societies tend to be thought of as strictly divided and controlled by cultural dogmas. While what we define as gender today, is not an exception, it used to be surrounded not by norms only but believes too. The paper looks at gender in Ukrainian peasant society from three main angles: age, social status, and job segregation, and aims to research on gender deviations as it were expressed in Ukrainian beliefs. The paper concentrates on fairy tales and belief narratives about children, widows, and old people, the way they are represented in narratives.

Part of 05-14 Gender, Folklore, and Identity, Friday, November 03, 10:30 am–12:30 pm