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Representations: Legends and Epics: Caucasus
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The region of the Caucasus is ethnically diverse, and representations of women and gender in legends and epics are extremely varied. Nonetheless, commonalities can be found in the importance of legends and epics in the resistance to cultural and linguistic assimilation by colonial powers, and the central place of female images in those narratives. Still actively negotiated in fairy tales, school textbooks, movies, music, and arts, images from legends and epics combine with religious and politica…

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Oldfield Senarslan, Anna, “Representations: Legends and Epics: Caucasus”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 19 September 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0627a>
First published online: 2009



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