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Gould, Rebecca Ruth (2016) 'The Georgian Poetics of Insurgency.' In: Gould, Rebecca Ruth, (ed.), Writers and Rebels. New Haven: Yale University Press, pp. 158-201. (Eurasia past and present)

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This chapter compares Leo Tolstoy's writings on the Caucasus, beginning in his early short stories and culminating in his posthumously published masterpiece Hadji Murad (1912), with Georgian poet Titsian Tabidze's poems on Imam Shamil, the most striking among which is “Gunib” (1928), a text written to eulogize Daghestan's political defeat. Reading Georgian poems against and through Russian intertexts shows how Georgian poets aestheticized transgressive sanctity in ways that paralleled the Chechen novels introduced in Chapter 1. Critically interrogating their own literary traditions, and seeking in neighboring literatures alternative languages for dissent, Georgian writers such as Titsian Tabidze pioneered a literary form that was at once anticolonial, self-consciously modernist, and pan-Caucasian.

Item Type: Book Chapters
Keywords: Leo Tolstoy, Caucasus, Hadji Murad, Titsian Tabidze, Imam Shamil, Gunib, Georgian poems, transgressive sanctity
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > School of Languages, Cultures & Linguistics
ISBN: 9780300200645
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Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2023 15:37

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