Vol. 13 No. 2 (2019): XIII International Symposium Contemporary Issues of Literary Studies : Political Events of 1980-1990s and Literary Discourse
Doctoral Section

Irony as a Way of Reflection on the Soviet/Colonial Realty in the Novel „My Uncle Iona” by Jemal Karchkhadze

Mzia Jamagidze
Shota Rustaveli Institute of Georgian Literature

Published 2019-12-20


  • Irony,
  • Postcolonialism,
  • Soviet Reality,
  • Georgian Literature


In Georgian literary critics it is taken for granted that resistance discourses against Soviet Regime have emerged since beginning of the 60s of XX century. Resistant attitudes Contained in the literary texts initially were represented by means of indirect codes and images; later on those feelings grew into broad resistance discourse and created national narrative culture. ,, My Uncle Iona” by Jemal Karchkhadze was written the very period, in the 80s of XX century. The text is shaping the resistance discourse against Soviet reality by narrating with certain irony about Soviet social life. The goal of this paper is to discuss what is the context and purpose of using irony by the author; which aspects of the reality are focused on by the text and how the author triggers the readers to reflect on certain aspects of the political and social life by ironic representation of the reality.