By Dubravka Ugresic
Baba Yaga is a witch-like personality who flies round on a huge mortar, kidnapping (and possibly consuming) babies. She lives in a home on poultry ft. She is usually a terrifying determine, portrayed not just in literature but in addition movie, animation and tune all through Russian tradition. Dubravka Ugresic takes the tale of Baba Yaga and weaves it into whatever thoroughly clean. the result's a unprecedented meditation on femininity, getting older, id, secrets and techniques, storytelling and love.
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One can go even further – the deployment of the Scylla symbol does not merely coincide with a few metaphors tying individual words together for poetic effect. Rather, it coincides with several wide-ranging conceptual analogies that may manifest themselves in multiple ways across the sources. Here is a sample of metaphorical expressions that emerge from the concatenation of isotopies surrounding the name Scylla in various utterances explored in this book: Group 1 Group 2 Group 3 Prostitute hunts Deceitful woman fawns Unmarried girl is wild Female genitals are mouth Straits are female genitals Unknown path is enigmatic woman Shark is dog Sea is gullet Sea is gullet Group 1 includes utterances in which actions or characteristics attributed to women are expressed in relation to actions or characteristics attached to dogs.
32 Scylla in the Odyssey (nejlhv . . kuanhsi, Th. 27 Finally, the creatures with twenty hands and feet (Od. 77–8) that Circe imagines in conjunction with the inaccessibility of Scylla’s rock call to mind Hesiodic figures like the HundredHanders Gyges, Kottos, and Obriareos (Th. 28 With its doubly vertical orientation, looming clouds, and inaccessibility, Scylla’s dwelling echoes the Hesiodic tradition of infernal places. 29 Her hybridity, location in a cave, rapacity, and immortality tie her, for instance, with Echidna, a half-snake, half-maiden monster that lives in a cave, eats raw flesh, and is immortal (Th.
V. Skylla I nr. 14 = Nereides nr. 343. See Chapter 7 for a full discussion of these vases. 43 Speaking of “mythical persons,” Saussure highlights that the notion of identity is but a “soap bubble”: As one can see, the incapacity to maintain a certain identity should not be attributed to the effects of Time – such is the remarkable error of those who deal with signs – but is already inscribed in the structure of the being that one cherishes and studies like an organism, even though it is but a ghost resulting from the fleeting combination of two or three ideas .
Baba Yaga Laid an Egg by Dubravka Ugresic