Course blog for American University PERF-570, Fall 2014
I listen to the news, and read articles, and try to stay open-minded but I honestly do not understand the scale and complexity of the issues facing Crimea and the Ukraine. This author, Lily Hyde, is doing something pretty clever about it – instead of turning to long treatises or historical non-fiction, she’s crafting stories through the lens of myth and folklore. What a beautiful way of illuminating the history and multi-layered ethnography of the region! Her books have been published in multiple languages, and often feature figures from Easter European myth (i.e. Baba Yaga, who if you have not looked up, here, you’re welcome). It’s way of using art and story telling to create context for something that seems unapproachable. Sign me up, please!