School of rts and Sciences, Comparative Literature, Full Professor

Director, Institute of Comparative Literature. Bela Tsipuria (b. 1967) graduated from  

Bela Tsipuria (b.1967) graduated with honors from Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, Department of Philology, and earned there her PhD in Georgian Literature (1993). She also worked there as an associate professor. She was a researcher at Shota Rustaveli Institute of Georgian Literature. She has been a visiting scholar at Lund University, Sweden (1994) and at Pennsylvania State University, USA (2002-2003); she was a Thesaurus Poloniae fellow at the ICC, Krakow, Poland (2011) and a Weiser Fellow at University of Michigan (2018). She was Deputy Minister of Education and Science of Georgia from 2004–08, coordinating state programs in the spheres of Higher, Vocational and General Education, and Civic Integration. She works at Ilia State University since 2008. She supervises undergraduate and graduate programs in Literary Studies and Georgian Philology. She was a member of the subject group in Literary Studies in EU Project Tuning Educational Structures in Europe (2011-2012). She has published up to 70 research papers in international and Georgian academic editions. She participates in international conferences, and organizes International Comparative Literature Conferences at the Ilia State University. She is a member of the Georgian Comparative Literature Association and of the European Network for Avant-Garde and Modernist Studies (EAM).


Scientific interests / research interests

She is a specialist in 20th-century Georgian literature and comparative literature, focusing on intercultural contacts; modernist/avant-garde, and postmodernist movements; as well as Soviet ideological influences and postcolonialism.

(book chapters)

  • “Georgian Modernism: Relocating Georgian Culture”. Jürgen Trinks, Dato Barbakadse, (Hg.) Chancen und Schwierigkeiten des interkulturellen Dialogs über ästhetische Fragen Unter Unter besonderer Berücksichtigung der Entwicklungen in der Kaukasusregion Reihe: Transkulturelle Forschungen an den Österreich-Bibliotheken im Ausland. Bd. 13, 2016.
  • “Cultural Conversion: from Modernism to Socialist Realism. Boris Pasternak and Titsian Tabidze”. Models of Personal Conversion in Russian cultural history of the 19th and 20th centuries (Interdisciplinary Studies on Central and Eastern Europe). Bern: Peter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften. 2015.
  • “Stereotyping the Past, and the Future. A Georgian Case”. Nations and Stereotypes 25 Years After. Krakow: International Cultural Centre, 2015.
  • “Socialist Realism from Centre to Periphery: Doctrine and Indoctrination.” Littérature et Totalitarisme : Écrire pour Témoigner, Presses Universitaires de Namur. 2015.
  • “Tatiana Vechorka. Futurist Poetess in Tbilisi, Baku and Moscow”. International Yearbook of Futurism Studies. Ed. by Gunter Berghaus. Volume 5. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2015.
  • „Transferring Avant-garde to Georgia/Transferring Georgia to Avant-garde”, Transferts, appropriations et fonctions de l’avant-garde dans l’Europe intermédiaire et du Nord, 1909-1989. Cahiers de la Nouvelle Europe, Numéro spécial, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3, 2012.
  • “H2SO4: The Futurist Experience in Georgia”. International Yearbook of Futurism Studies, Ed. by Gunter Berghaus. Volume 1. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2011.
  • “Totalitarian and National Cultural Models as a Binary Opposition”, Totalitarianism and Literary Discourse: 20th Century Experience. Ed. by I. Ratiani. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, UK, 2011.


  • Georgian Text in Soviet/Post-Soviet/Postmodern Context. Tbilisi: Ilia State University Press, 2016 (In Georgian, with English Summary).
  • Yearbook of Comparative Literature 1, Tbilisi, Ilia State University, 2013. Editor (with Atinat Mamatsashvili-Kobakidze).

Papers in academic journals

  • “Cubism Influence in Georgia: Cobo-Futurism, Kiril Zdanevich, David Kakabadze”. (co-authored with Nana Kipiani). Ars. Institute of Art History of Slovak Academy of Science. 2015.
  • “Patriotisme et résistance dans la poésie géorgienne”. Inflexions. Civils et Militaires,  Pouviors Dire. 2014. Numero 26. Patriotisme.
  • “Polish and Georgian Cultural Experiences. The Avant-garde Against Socialist Realism”. Herito, ICC, Krakow, Poland. 2011. Nr. 4

An extensive list of publications

  •  „Vorwort. im: Badri Guguschwili“. Badri Gugushvili. Der Tag des Menschen. Gedichte. Ludwigsburg: Pop, 2016. (in German).
  • „Schota Tschantladse“ – ein un-sowjetischer Dichter im sowietischen Georgien. Schota Tschantladse. Manifest. Ludwigsburg: Pop, 2016. (in German).
  • “Galaktion Tabidze – National Poet”. In: Galaktion Tabidze 120. Ed. Bu T. Doiashvili. Tbilisi: Shota Rustaveli Institute of Georgian Literature, 2016.
  • Georgian Literature. Textbook for Georgian Schools, Grades 10, 11. Tbilisi: Artanuji, 2009; 2010 (in Georgian)
  • “Galaktion Tabidze – The People’s Poet”. Galaktionology, Ed. by T. Doiashvili. Tbilisi: Shota Rustaveli Institute of  Georgian Literature, 2010 (in Georgian)
  • “Preface to the Selection of Modern Georgian Mythological Poetry”, International Poetry Review, May, 2009, UNC, Greensboro, USA (in English)
  • “Anti- utopian Novel and Anti-Utopian Reality”, Tsakhnagi,  1, 2009 (in Georgian)
  • “Postmodernism”. Theory of Literature -20th Century Major Methodological Concepts and Movements, Ed. I. Ratiani. Shota Rustaveli Institute of Georgian Literature, Tbilisi, 2006 (in Georgian)
  • “From State Language Education to Civil Integration”. Language Policies and Education in Multilingual Societies, Ed. Carine Bachmann, Geneva: Cimera, 2006
  • “Post-Soviet Period and Postmodetnisation in Georgian Literature”. Literaturuli Palitra, 4-5, 2005, Tbilisi (in Georgian)
  • “Cultural Identity in 20th Century Georgia”. Kritika, 1, 2005 (in Georgian)
  • “On Aesthetical Principle of the Generation from Sixties and the Blue Horns”. Ilia Compendium. Volume 2. Ed. L. Minashvili. Tbilisi: Tbilisi State University Press, 2004 (in Georgian)
  • “Post-Soviet Trauma in Georgian Literature and the End of One More Narrative”.  Sjani, 5, 2004 (in Georgian)
  • “Einfuhrung in die postsowjetische georgische Literatur”, Salz, Zeitschrift fur Literatur, Jahrgang 29/III – Heft 115 / Marz 2004 (Mitverfaser   Dato Barbakadse), (in German)
  • “The Image of Tbilisi in XX century Georgian Poetry”. The Image of the City in  Literature, Media, and Society . Ed. by Will Wright; Steven Kaplan; Society for the Interdisciplinary Study of Social Imagery, University of Southern Colorado, 2003.
  • “National Identity in Soviet / Post-Soviet Georgian Literature”, Journal of Eurasian Research, N    Vol. 2. No. 1, Winter, 2003.
  • Dadaism and Blue Hornes, Literaturnaia Gruzia, 1-6, 2002 (in Russian).
  • “The Problems of Georgian Prose of the 90’s in the Context of Culture and Consciousness”, Chveni Mtserloba, 6, 2002 (in Goergian)
  • “Return to the Land”, Kriteriumi, 4, 2001 (in Georgian)
  • “The Nominating Function of Word and Grigol Robakidze’s “Sitkvis Roia”, Literaturuli Dziebani,  XXII, 2001 (in Georgian)
  • “Georgi Leonidze’s Symbolist Lyric”. George Leonidze, Ed. By T. Barbakadze, Tbilisi, Saari, 2001 (in Georgian).
  • “Giorgi Leonidze’s “Natvris Khe”. George Leonidze, Ed. By T. Barbakadze, Tbilisi, Saari, 2001 (in Georgian).
  • “Titsian Tabidze’s Symbolist Lyric”, Titsian Tabidze,  Ed. By T. Barbakadze. Tbilisi, Metsniereba, 1999 (in Georgian).
  • “Titsian Tabidze’s “With Blue Horns”, Titsian Tabidze,  Ed. By T. Barbakadze. Tbilisi, Metsniereba, 1999 (in Georgian).
  • “The Twentieth Century Literary Movements in Georgia”, Burji Erovnebisa, 3-5, 1998 (in Georgian).
  • “The Problem of Interpretation in Otar Chkheidze’s Novel “Boriaki”, Tsiskari, 4, 1998(in Georgian).
  • “The Man Who Loves Literature (On Guram Dochanashvili’s Story)”, Apra, 4, 1998 (in Georgian).
  • “There is Nothing to be Afraid Of (On Givi Margvelashvili’s play)”, Apra, 5, 1998 (in Georgian).

Current Courses

Course Catalog

• Comparative Literature Methods and Interpretation of Literary Text (MA, Spring);
• Contextualisation of Georgian Literature (MA, Fall);
• Postcolonial Theory (MA, Fall);
• Postmodern and Postmodernism (MA, Spring);
• Georgian Literature in the 20th-21st Centuries (BA, Spring);
• Paradigmatic History of Georgian Literature (BA, Fall);
• Literature: from Modernism to Postmodernism (BA, Fall and Spring).

  • History of Modern Georgian Literature; and also various courses at TSU (1993-2004).