Aleksandre Qazbegi's Mountaineer Prosaics: The Anticolonial Vernacular on Georgian-Chechen Borderlands

Ab Imperio: Studies of New Imperial History in the Post-Soviet Space 15.1 (2014): 361-390.

31 Pages Posted: 12 Jan 2015 Last revised: 5 Dec 2015

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Rebecca Gould

Professor, Islamic World & Comparative Literature, College of Arts & Law, University of Birmingham; Harvard University - Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies

Date Written: January 10, 2015

Abstract

The Georgian writer Aleksandre Qazbegi (1848-1893) is notable for the anticolonial themes that were inspired by the seven years he passed among as a mountaineer. Drawing on ethnography to advance expressive possibilities of prose, Qazbegi’s literary aesthetic challenged prior poetic norms, while using vernacular realism to pioneer a new prosaic form. This essay examines the conjunctures of ethnography, prosaics, and the literary imagination to consider how Qazbegi rendered mountaineer life on Georgian-Chechen borderlands.

Keywords: Georgian literature, prose, anticolonialism, postcolonial literature

Suggested Citation

Gould, Rebecca Ruth, Aleksandre Qazbegi's Mountaineer Prosaics: The Anticolonial Vernacular on Georgian-Chechen Borderlands (January 10, 2015). Ab Imperio: Studies of New Imperial History in the Post-Soviet Space 15.1 (2014): 361-390. . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2548054

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