IMC 2016: Sessions

Session 210: Recent Work in Georgian Studies

Monday 4 July 2016, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Shota Rustaveli Institute of Georgian Literature, Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University
Organiser:Bert Beynen, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Temple University, Philadelphia
Moderator/Chair:Irma Ratiani, Shota Rustaveli Institute of Georgian Literature, Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University
Paper 210-aWater as a Marker of New Kingship
(Language: English)
Grigol Jokhadze, Department of History, Ilia State University, Tbilisi
Grigol Jokhadze, Department of History, Ilia State University, Tbilisi
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Literacy and Orality
Paper 210-bLegitimate Succession in Rustaveli's The Man in the Panther Skin and Queen Tamar's Reign
(Language: English)
Bert Beynen, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Temple University, Philadelphia
Bert Beynen, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Temple University, Philadelphia
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Language and Literature - Other
Abstract

Jokhadze analyzes the role water plays in accounts of the founding of Tbilisi and argues that the accounts used the image of water to portray King Vakhtang I Gorgasali as a truly Christian king. Beynen discusses the abdications in Shota Rustaveli’s The Man in the Panther Skin in connection with with Giorgi Mchedlishvili’s 2000 book about Queen Tamar’s coronation. Tsipuria discusses the representation of the Georgian Middle Ages in contemporary Georgian literature, especially in relation to Russian colonization, and analyzes Georgia’s integration into the global post-modern world.