Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Valentin Blazhes dies

According to the Yekaterinburg Office of Cultural Administration, Valentin Blazhes, a professor and the head of folklore and literature at Ural State University, passed away on January 26 after a long illness.

Blazhes had been a leader on the philological faculty of USU for 17 years. He was a prominent researcher of literature and folklore and was described as a wise and visionary leader for the department. He had received the PP Bazhova and was named a commander of the Order of Merit, according to Peoples.ru.

Blazhes was born in a village in the Seryshevskogo district in the Amur region in 1936. He graduated in 1963 from the philology department of USU in 1963 and would later act as the Dean of Philology from 1988 to 2004. He served as the head of the Academic Council of the Joint Museum of Writers of the Urals from 1994 to 1999.

Blazhes researched various subjects of ancient literature and folklore and investigated subjects such as Remezovskuyu, Stroagnov, Yesipovsky and other historical novels of the seventeenth and eighteenth century. He studied the Russian folk epics, such as "Ancient Russian Poems collected by Kirsch Danilov." Blazhes directed a research project attempting to computerize the folklore archives of the university, Peoples.ru reports.

He wrote several books, including "The Content of the Artistic Form Byelovgo Russian Epic," "PP Bazhov and Working Folk," and "Satire and Humor in Folklore Workers of the Urals."