“The Air of Freedom”: A Conversation between Boris Putilov and Benedicta Aregger on December 9, 1994 (Commentary and Preparation for Publication by by Elena Yakubovskaya)

This publication has been prepared by Elena Yakubovskaya (Institute of Russian Literature (Pushkinskii Dom) of the Russian Academy of Sciences),
E-mail: elena_yakub@mail.ru

 

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ABSTRACT. On December 9, 1994, Benedicta Aregger, a student of the University of Zurich, made a compact cassette recording of her conversation with Boris Nikolayevich Putilov, a former Chief Researcher of the MAE RAS. The young researcher asked the venerable scholar about the changes that occurred in the 1990s in Russian folklore and about his academic path, connections with foreign colleagues. Personal themes also did not go unnoticed, including the Cossack origin of Putilov, which determined the initial period of his field work, as well as the scholar’s musical taste as part of his spiritual world. The frank, almost confessional tone of Putilov’s narrative, simple and at the same time imbued with the deepest culture of speech make their conversation not only a document of the history of science, but also an evidence of the scale of Putilov’s personality.

 

KEYWORDS: biography of B. N. Putilov, folklorism, Cossack culture, folklore studies in the Soviet era, international relations of Soviet scholars

  

DOI 10.31250/2618-8619-2021-1(11)-28-42
УДК 398

 

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