« 2018. #3 (141)

The Ethnology Notebooks. 2018, 3 (141), 696–700

UDK 801.82:[398.8:81’276.3]:091″16/17″



Maierchyk Mariia, Ph.D. in History, Senior Researcher
at the Institute of Ethnology of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine.
The main editor of the scientific peer-reviewed journal
“Feminist Criticism: The Eastern European Journal of Feminist and Quir Studios.”
Deputy director of the Center for Cultural and Anthropological Studies.
Svobody Avenue 15, 79000, Lviv, Ukraine.

Abstrakt. This paper is an introductory review of the question discussed by historians of literature and culture since the 19th century, namely a presence of «bawdy» and «frivolous» songs next to spiritual texts in the early modern manuscripts. I argue for the necessity to historicize a concept of «bawdiness» and distinguish between modern (etic) and non-modern (emic) perception of «bawdy» songs in the Baroque epoch. This methodological move helps to provide a more nuanced understanding of the meanings and functions of these records. This approach facilitates developing a new perspective for the study of modernization in the sphere of language and intimacy.

Keywords: the 17th and 18th century manuscripts, baroque literature, modernization in the sphere of intimacy, «bawdy» songs.

Received 22.03.2018


Bajdin, V. (2013). Identifikacija Kirshi Danilova na Urale: materialy k biografii. Izvestija Ural’skogo federal’nogo universiteta, 4 (120), 47—70 [in Russian].
Vujtsyk, V. (1996). Hrafiti XVII—XV stolit’ tserkvy sviatoho Pantelejmona v Halychi. Zapysky Naukovoho tovarystva im. Shevchenka, (Vol. ССХХХІ, pp. 189—194) [in Ukrainian].
Hrushevs’ka, K. (1927). Zbyrannia i vydannia dum v XIX i v pochatka XX viku. In Ukrains’ki narodni dumy. (Vo. 1, XIII—CXXXII). Kyiv: Derzhavne vydavnytstvo Ukrainy [in Ukrainian].
Hrushevs’kyj, M. (1897). S’pivannyk z pochatku XVIII v. Zapysky Naukovoho tovarystva im. Shevchenka. (Vol. XV, pp. 3—48) [in Ukrainian].
Z aktovykh knyh XVII—XVIII st. (2013). In Boriak, O., & Maierchyk, M. (eds.). Etnohrafiia statevoho zhyttia j tilesnosti. (pp. 281—283), Kyiv: Tsentr kul’turno-antropolohichnykh studij [in Ukrainian].
Kalajdovich, K. (1818). Predislovie. Drevnіja rossіjskіja stihotvorenіja, sobrannyja Kirsheju Danilovym, i vtorichno izdannyja s pribavlenіem 35 pѣsen i skazok, doselѣ neizvѣstnyh, i not dlja napѣva. (I—XXXVI). Moskva: V tipografіi Semena Selivanovskago [in Russian].
Kljaus, V. (1995). Iz pesennyh sbornikov XVIII veka. In Russkij jeroticheskij fol’klor. Pesni. Obrjady i obrjadovyj fol’klor. Narodnyj teatr. Zagovory. Zagadki. Chastushki. (pp. 32—50, 543—548). Moskva: Ladomir [in Russian].
Krekoten’, V. (1987). Ukrains’ka literatura XVII st. In Ukrains’ka literatura XVII st. (pp. 5—25). Kyiv: Naukova dumka [in Ukrainian].
Peretc, V. (1905). K istorіi pol’skago i russkago narodnago teatra. (Nѣskol’ko intermedіj XVII—XVIII stolѣtіj). In Izvѣstіja Otdѣlenіja russkogo jazyka i slovesnosti Imperatorskoj Akademіi Nauk. (Vol. X. Kn. 1, pp. 51—104). Sanktpeterburg: Tip. Imp. Akad. nauk [in Russian].
Peretc, V. (1899). Malorusskіja virshi i pѣsni v zapisjah XVI—XVIII vv: I—XIV. (Otdѣl’nyj ottisk iz Izvѣstіj Otdѣlenіja russkogo jazyka i slovesnosti Imperatorskoj Akademіi Nauk, t. IV (1899 g.), kn. 3-j, 869—938). (pp. 1—70). Sankt-Peterburg: Tipografіja Imperatorskoj Akademіi Nauk [in Russian].
Pisarenko, Ju. (2005). «Zapretnyj» risunok iz Zolotyh vorot Kieva. Ruthenica, 4, 22—31 [in Russian].
Sheffer, P. (ed.). (1901). Sbornik Kirshi Danilova. Sankt-Peterburg: Tipografija Imperatorskoj akademii nauk [in Russian].
Camille, M. (2014). Dr Witkowski’s Anus: French Doctors, German Homosexuals and the Obscene in Medieval Church Art. In McDonald, Nicola. (ed.). Medieval Obscenities. (pp. 17—38). York: York Medieval Press.
Phillips, K., & Reay, B. (2011). Sex Before Sexuality: A Premodern History. Cambridge: Polity.
Uszkałow, Ł. (2011). Morfolohiia seksu v dzerkali ukrains’koi barokovoi literatury (prolehomeny). In Wielkie tematy kultury w literaturach słowiańskich. (Vol. 9, pp.509—524). Wrocław: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Wrocławskiego [in Ukrainian].


Our authors
On field exploration of russian and belarusian ethnologists and etnolinguists in Ukrainian Polisia 1945—1980s
In the study based on a wide range of literary materials have been comprehensively characterised field research in Polisia of Ukraine, performed by Russian and Belarusian ethnologists during 1945—1980s as well as Moscow ethnolinguists and other researchers from ethnologic centres of Russia, Ukraine and Belarus in the course of realization of Ethnolinguistic Atlas of Polisia program. Particular attention has been paid to geography, methods, themes and research results of scientific projects.
Read »

Boikos’ pandemonium: categories of evil deceased
In the article have been presented some research-work on peculiarities of Boikos’ traditional demonological notions as for so-called evil deceased; on the basis of field records and ethnological literary sources quite a number of scum categories have been defined as well as essential habits, modes of behavior and functions of these personages of people’s demonology.
Read »

Wax candle as ukrainian Christmas and epiphany ritualistic text
For the first time in native ethnology the article has brought some results of special study in sign functionality of a wax candle under the context of Ukrainian Christmas and Epiphany ritualistic text (ritualism of Christmas Eve, New Year, Epiphany Eve and Feast of Epiphany). The study has stated extremely high semiotic position of a wax candle as projection of Sun, mediator between the spheres of sacral and prophane elements, symbolic analogue of human existence, apotropy, cultural symbol re-establishing borders of acculturated space.
Read »

Maternity ritualism by volhynians in publications of the second half XIX to the early XXI cc.
In the article have been considered some basic landmarks for fixing and publication of ethnographic materials on the maternity rites of Volhynia with analytical study in ritual elements, their kinds and territories of origin. The article has also raised a problem of gaps in studies of maternity rites of Ukrainian historio-ethnographic Volhynia.
Read »