Rustaveli’s ‘The Man in the Panther Skin’ and European Literature

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As the creator of ‘The Man in the Panther Skin’ (‘Vepkhistqaosani’), the pinnacle of medieval Georgian poetry, the poet Shota Rustaveli (who lived at the turn of the 12th-13th centuries) is one of the greatest exponents of Georgian culture. This in-depth study uses connected themes to trace his poetry’s influences in Western European literature. An analysis of the characters and key motifs in the 6,500-line episodic work identifies features shared with ‘A King and No King’ and ‘Philaster’, popular Jacobean tragicomedies by Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher, thus establishing a framework for the reconstruction of early cultural contacts between Georgia and Western Europe. The vibrant themes of courtly love, friendship and chivalry in ‘The Man in the Panther Skin’ link Rustaveli’s humanistic worldview clearly to those of writers such as Dante and Petrarch, ideas that developed in the Late Medieval period and led to the flowering of the Renaissance. Rustaveli’s contribution thus shows Medieval Georgian cultural and social thought to be an integral part of the wider European movement, resulting from centuries of cross-fertilisation-as evidenced in the spread of Georgian studies in the West, from the first mentions in Classical times to the development of modern Georgian and Rustvelological studies as well as the rich tradition of translations of Rustaveli’s masterpiece into European languages.
THE AUTHOR: Elguja Khintibidze is Professor of Old Georgian Literature at Tbilisi State University. He is also head of the university’s Institute of Georgian Literature, and chairman of the Fund for Kartvelian Studies. He is the author or editor of more than 200 books and articles published in Europe and Georgia, including ‘Georgian-Byzantine Literary Contacts’, ‘Georgian Literature in European Scholarship’ and ‘The Worldview of Rustaveli’s The Man in the Panther’s Skin’.

– 208 pages, 138 x 208mm, with 21 colour illustrations

Published by Bennett & Bloom, 2011



Shota Rustaveli Georgia
Rustaveli and Europe References to Georgian Literature in Foreign Medieval Sources
Europe Takes an Interest in Georgia
Scholarly Interest in Georgia
Origins of the Georgians and the Kartvelian Languages
Designations of the Georgians
British Interest in Georgia
The Man in the Panther Skin and A King and No King
The Man in the Panther Skin and Philaster, and Again A King and No King
Georgian Studies in Britain Rustaveli in Britain
The Man in the Panther Skin in European Studies
English Translations of The Man in the Panther Skin
Selected Passages from European Studies of Rustaveli Rustaveli, Dante and Petrarch

Bibliography: -Studies of Georgian Literature by European Scholars in English -Translations of Georgian Literature into English