Author: Mariela Simeonova
Paisii Hilendarski university of Plovdiv 
Published in: Slavyanski dialozi, XV, 2018, 22

Abstract: The article focuses on the fairy-tale drama of Josef Kajtán Tyl The Bagpiper from Strakonice, in particular on the image of the Wood-Nymph whose deep roots are in the ancient Slavic past. This character reflects the important ideas for the Revival reader related to the traditional patriarchal moral values. As a typical representative of Czech Revival literature, Tyl expresses his patriotic sentiment through his entire work,  among which this play. The article analyzes the development of the image of the Wood-Nymph Rosava, who combines the image typical for the folklore tradition and the innovative aspects, among which are the mother’s devoted love and the connection with the native land. In addition to this central female character, our attention is fo- cused on the hierarchy in the forest kingdom, ruled by Lesana and inhabited by the beautiful Wood-Nymphs and wild women. In this way, Tyl’s text offers us the opportunity to distinguish the different types of fairy-tale female images.

Key words: Czech Revival literature, Josef Kajetán Tyl, The Bagpiper from Strakonice, Wood-Nymph