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Representations: Fiction, Modern: Caucasus
(628 words)

Compared to other world literatures, representations of women in the Caucasus are scarce, and when they do exist they tend to adhere to rather stereotypical patterns. Perhaps this can be traced to the fact that the cult of masculinity (Georgian, vazhkatsoba) has dominated representations of Caucasian culture. This of course is not to say that there are no women in Caucasian fiction, but rather that when they figure as protagonists in Georgian fiction – the focus of the present entry – it is almost always in the roles of mothers, wives, and caretakers of the main male hero, rat…

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Gould, Rebecca, “Representations: Fiction, Modern: Caucasus”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 09 February 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0624b>
First published online: 2009

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