Tamar Koplatadze

DPhil Candidate

DPhil Research

My project examines contemporary post-Soviet/colonial women writers’ responses to the complex processes of the fall of the Soviet Union. I explore how my selected primary texts negotiate the changing national and gender identities associated with these transformations. Using theoretical tools at the intersection of feminist and postcolonial studies (Spivak, Mohanty), my thesis breaks new ground in placing post-Soviet women writers from regions such as the Caucasus and Central Asia in dialogue with each other. Among others, my analysis focuses on fractured identity, the fictional motif of allegorical supranational space, women’s difficulties in assuming the gender roles imposed by their nationalities, nostalgia for the colonial past and its gender order, the clashing values and views of womanhood between different generations, and neo-colonialism. While drawing from post-colonial theory, this project also seeks to propose  the reassessment of its Anglo-French focus. 




Departmental Lectures for Final Year Undergraduates


19th Century Russian Literature and Culture :

  • Russian Empire and Orientalism (Tolstoy, Lermontov, Bestuzhev-Marlinsky)
  • The Superfluous Man (Pushkin, Lermontov, Goncharov,  Turgenev)
  • The Little Man (Gogol)
  • The Poor Man (Dostoevsky)
  • Fictional Representations of Women (Leskov, Tolstoy)
  • Women’s Writing (Pavlova, Durova)
  • Russian Philosophical and Religious Thought
  • Russian Politics in the 19th Century



‘Mother Country: Meet the Women at the Forefront of New Georgian Cinema’  https://www.calvertjournal.com/articles/show/9579/women-in-georgian-film

Translation of Anton Chekhov’s short story ‘Salon de Variete’, Early Chekhov Translation Project (Forthcoming)



Ceelbas CDT AHRC Doctoral Studentship 


Conferences and Events

Speaker at conferences in Oxford, Cambridge, UCL, Durham, Berlin (Zois), New York (Columbia), Lisbon. 

Guest Speaker at RESC Monday Seminar at St Anthony’s College, Oxford, 21 May 2018

Guest Speaker at GoViral Festival in Almaty, Kazakhstan, 2018

Guest Speaker at Regent Cinema Georgian Film Festival, London, 2018

Guest Speaker at Georgian Film Festival and Workshop hosted by Durham University and Tyneside Cinema, 2018





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