Joanna Hubbs has found the trace of Baba Yaga and the rusalki and Moist Mother Earth and other fascinating feminine myths in Russian culture, and has added richly to the growing interest in popular culture." -New York Times Book Review
... brave... fascinating... immensely enjoyable... " -Times Higher Education Supplement
... a stimulating and original study... vivid and readable." -Russian Review
An immensely stimulating, beautifully written work of scholarship." -Francine du Plessix Gray
Joanna Hubbs has provided scholars... with a wealth of significant interpretive material to inform if not reform views of both Russian and women's cultures." -Journal of American Folklore
A ground-breaking interpretation of Russian culture from prehistory to the present, dealing with the feminine myth as a central cultural force.
Acknowledgments Introduction Russia as Mother Part One: Mothers Chapter One: The First Mothers Chapter Two: Reconstructing the Russian Great Goddess: Rusalki and Baba Yaga Chapter Three: Reconstructing the Russian Great Goddess: Mother Earth Chapter Four: The Coming of Christianity: Mary and Paraskeva-Piatnitsa Part Two: Mothers' Sons Chapter Five: Epic Heroes and Disobedient Sons Chapter Six: From Saintly Son to Autocratic Father: The Myth of the Ruler Chapter Seven: Pushkin and Other Champions from the Intelligentsia Conclusion: The Mother as Russia Notes Selected Bibliography Index Illustrations follow p. 123