The term skaz comes from the
Russian verb skazat' (to tell) and
such words as rasskaz (short
story) and skazka (fairy tale). It
is also a word used of (traditional or “folk”) oral narratives, and
has occasionally been used of works to suggest their origin in
terms of such an oral context (as in the full title of Leskov's
Levsha, or “Tale of the
squint-eyed, left-handed man from Tula and the steel flea”, 1881).
The word has therefore essentially to do with “telling”.
The designation skaz was
subsequently adopted by the Formalist school …
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