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Ambiguous (by) nature: writing Baba Yaga and the Tasmanian Devil

Wood, D ORCID: 0000-0002-2604-7718 2019 , 'Ambiguous (by) nature: writing Baba Yaga and the Tasmanian Devil' , Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment , pp. 1-12 , doi: 10.1093/isle/isz068.

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Abstract

In order to provide some context for the following excerpt from my novel-in-progress, “The House on Legs,” let me first share some thoughts about the reasons one might choose to reinvent Baba Yaga, the witch-crone of Russian and Slavic folk tales, as a wildlife warrior in Australia’s island state of Tasmania. Generally, it is accepted that Baba Yaga’s signature trait is her profound ambiguity. Straddling such binaries as good/evil, natural/supernatural, human/nonhuman, she is a character famous for her unpredictability. Should a heroine or hero approach her house on legs, she may help them in their quest. Or, she may attempt to eat them up. Contradiction is a key component of her reputation, and the same can be said of Tasmania, Australia’s island state, and also of that island’s wildlife icon, the Tasmanian devil.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Wood, D
Keywords: Fairy Tales, Baba Yaga, Tasmanian devil, Tasmanian literature, Creative Writing
Journal or Publication Title: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISSN: 1076-0962
DOI / ID Number: 10.1093/isle/isz068
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Copyright 2019 The Author

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