Ibsen in Georgia: milestones in the reception


  • Kakhaber Loria Centre for Scandinavian Studies, Tbilisi State Universiy (TSU), Georgia




Ibsen, Georgia, Drama, Reception, Tragedy.


From early on, Henrik Ibsen has played an important part on the Georgian stage, as well as in Georgian literary thought. Since the publication of Ibsen’s biography in the newspaper Kvali in 1897, the dramatist has been continuously discussed, translated, written about and performed in Georgia. Ibsen has been received under different circumstances and by different generations: to pursue the reception of Ibsen in Georgia is, in a way, to pursue the development of Georgian intellectual and cultural history in the period.

In Georgia, various celebrations of Ibsen’s birth and death were marked, in a number of articles, and even a little book on Ibsen by Akaki Gelovani were published.

Well-known Georgian authors have also been interested in Ibsen. In our context, one should mention that both Mikhail Javakhishvili and Konstantin Gamsakhurdia, the classic authors of modern Georgian prose, wrote famous essays on Ibsen.

Ibsen was and is constantly referred to in Georgian literary studies, not least in connection with Georgian writers. In post-Soviet Georgia, Ibsen is very much on the agenda, and his plays are produced and discussed as they always have been.

Author Biography

Kakhaber Loria, Centre for Scandinavian Studies, Tbilisi State Universiy (TSU), Georgia

Kakhaber LORIA (b.1965)

e-mail:  kakhaber_loria@yahoo.com

Professor of Literature and Head of the Centre for Scandinavian Studies at the Tbilisi State Universiy (TSU), Georgia


Master (1987) and Ph.D. (1990) from TSU

1993-95 Reasearch fellow (stipendiat) with Norwegian Government Scholarship at the Department of Linguistics and Scandinavian Studies at the University of Oslo (UiO)

From 2006 until now: Coordinator from TSU for Cooperation project between Centre for Scandinavian Studies, TSU and Department of Linguistics and Scandinavian Studies, UiO


Research interests: Georgian and comparative literature; Scandinavian studies


Selected Publications on Norwegian Literature:


K.Loria. "—et vældigere og skønnere Æventyr oplever jeg aldrig" : Hamsuns georgiske verk sett med georgieres øyne, in: Hamsun i Tromsø V : rapport fra den 5. internasjonale Hamsun-konferanse, 2011, 21–41.


––––– Knut Hamsun's Caucasian œuvre, in: Return to the Wonderland, Tbilisi,  2010, 8–16.


––––– literaturuli horizontebi. (Literary horizons: A collection of articles), Tbilisi, 2009 (in Georgian).


––––– “Hamsuns kaukasiske mysterium”, in: Syn & Segn, No. 3, 2005, 80–85.




How to Cite

Loria, Kakhaber. 2015. “Ibsen in Georgia: milestones in the reception”. Nordlit, no. 34 (February):465–478. https://doi.org/10.7557/13.3390.