Thank you, Stephen! I am so glad to hear you enjoyed this piece and its inclusion of Vasilisa–I love the Vasilisa tales, too! I would love to approach more about those later. Would continued discussion go on here or would it better as its own category somewhere else in the forum? I also love hearing about the classes you taught that included Helen Keller’s dolls in The Miracle Worker. Now I am inspired to return to that story!
There is a brief yet wonderful discussion of Vasilisa on pp. 192-200 in Shadow and Evil in Fairy Tales (Revised Edition, 1995, Shambala Books) by Marie-Louise von Franz. Maybe this book is already in the mythological resources page of this website or else could be added.
The Nutcracker and “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” brought such joy to me as a child–and I love Tchaikovsky’s music–and then to my daughter when she was little, and then to my granddaughter–so I had such a lovely time writing this paper.