The Literature of Georgia: A History

The Literature of Georgia: A History

by Donald Rayfield
     
 

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The first comprehensive and objective history of the literature of Georgia, revealed to be unique among those of the former Byzantine and Russian empires, both in its quality and its 1500 years' history. It is examined in the context of the extraordinarily diverse influences which affected it - from Greek and Persian to Russian and modern European literature, and

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The first comprehensive and objective history of the literature of Georgia, revealed to be unique among those of the former Byzantine and Russian empires, both in its quality and its 1500 years' history. It is examined in the context of the extraordinarily diverse influences which affected it - from Greek and Persian to Russian and modern European literature, and the folklore of the Caucasus.

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...new material on contemporary Georgian literature; a map of Georgia and its historical regions; updated and shortened footnotes...
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"This little masterpiece gives an eminently readable survey of Georgian literature....The book reads like a novel, and even discussion of Georgian Bible translations is fascinating."—Choice

"There is much in Donald Rayfield's critical, comprehensive survey to stimulate both specialists in Georgian literature and scholars with wider interests in the Near East. It is by far the most complete and authoritative account of its subject in English, and in a number of ways it adds significantly to the scholarly literature in Georgian....It makes up for the absence of a reliable general monograph on Georgian literature in the nineteenth century and fills in the numerous gaps and corrects the distorations in literary history and criticism of the communist period. Byzantinists, Iranists, those who study the literary and cultural expansion of Europe, and those who are concerned with the effects of Soviet communism on individual creativity and national development will welcome the author's learned and straightforward approach to controversial issues."—World Literature Today

"The first comprehensive study in English of the literature of the Georgian people from the fifth century AD to the present day....Rayfield enriches his scholarly yet readable prose with excellent translations from discussed works....important and indispensable work for advanced students and scholars of the Caucasus, of Christianity, and of comparative literatures."—Religious Studies Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415759977
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
09/16/2000
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
324
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.70(d)

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Queen Mary and Westfield College, London

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