Writers and Rebels: The Literature of Insurgency in the Caucasus

Writers and Rebels: The Literature of Insurgency in the Caucasus


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Spanning the period between the end of the Russo-Caucasian War and the death of the first female Chechen suicide bomber, this groundbreaking book is the first to compare Georgian, Chechen, and Daghestani depictions of anticolonial insurgency. Rebecca Gould draws from previously untapped archival sources as well as from prose, poetry, and oral narratives to assess the impact of Tsarist and Soviet rule in the Islamic Caucasus. Examining literary representations of social banditry to tell the story of Russian colonialism from the vantage point of its subjects, among numerous other themes, Gould argues that the literatures of anticolonial insurgency constitute a veritable resistance—or “transgressive sanctity”—to colonialism.


Rebecca Gould is Professor, Islamic World and Comparative Literatures, at the University of Birmingham, and PI on the "Global Literary Theory" project, funded by the European Research Council. She is the translator of After Tomorrow the Days Disappear: Ghazals and Other Poems of Hasan Sijzi of Delhi (Evanston, IL: Northwestern UP World Classics series) and The Prose of the Mountains: Tales of the Caucasus (Budapest: Central European UP).

Pub Date: 2016
Format: Hardback
Pages: 336 pp.
Size: 6.50 x 9.50 inches

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