Discovering Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan

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This course introduces you to the rich traditions, beautiful landscapes, ancient buildings, and above all, the remarkable people of the Caucasus. Focusing on the countries of Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan, this course will take you from their tangledpast to the stunning re-birth they have enjoyed since independence in 1991.

Course ID BRU1042
Price $215.00 (GST included)
Start date Monday, 12 February 2018
Finish date Monday, 26 March 2018
Sessions 6 sessions of 2 hours
Time 2.00pm - 4.00pm
Tutor Roy Forward
Location CIT Bruce
Status Module is finished.


GOOD READS (Full notes will be emailed out during the course)

Svetlana Alexievich, Secondhand Time: The Last of the Soviets, Melbourne: Text Publishing, 2016, pp.104 06, 236 47, 305 19, 389 402
Tony Anderson, Bread and Ashes: A Walk through the Mountains of Georgia, London: Jonathan Cape, 2003
Neal Ascherson, Black Sea: The birthplace of civilisation and barbarism, London: The Folio Society, 2011
Peter Balakian, Black Dog of Fate: A memoir, 1st pub 1997, new edn 2007: on the Turkish Armenian Genocide
Lesley Blanch, The Sabres of Paradise: Conquest and Vengeance in the Caucasus, London: Tauris Parks, 2004
Oliver Bullough, Let Our Fame Be Great: Journeys among the defiant people of the Caucasus, London etc: Allen Lane (Penguin Books), 2010
Tim Burford, Georgia, Bradt Travel Guide, 2015
Meg Clothier, The Girl King, London: Century, 2011, historical novel on Queen Tamar of Georgia
Georgia, Armenia & Azerbaijan, Lonely Planet, 2016
Darra Goldstein, Georgian Feast: The vibrant culture and savory food of the Republic of Georgia, New York: HarperCollins, 1993; reprinted by University of California Press, 1999; revised edition 2013
Nicholas Griffith, Caucasus: A journey to the land between Christianity and Islam, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2004
Asif Kapadia, Ali and Nino, 2016, film, Azerbaijan (see Kurban Said below)
Charles King, The Ghost of Freedom: A history of the Caucasus, New York & Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2008
Mikhail Lermontov, A Hero of Our Time, 1st pub. in Russian in 1840; trans. Hugh Aplin, London: Hesperus Press, 2005
Steve LeVine, The Oil and the Glory: The pursuit of empire and fortune on the Caspian Sea, New York: Random House, 2007
Theo Maarten van Lint & Robin Meyer, Armenia: Masterpieces from an Enduring Culture, Oxford: Bodleian Library, 2015, exhibition catalogue
Philip Marsden, The Crossing Place: A journey among the Armenians, London: HarperCollins, 1993
Peter Nasmyth, In the Mountains of Poetry, 1st pub. 1998, 3rd rev. edn 2006, Georgia
Walking in the Caucasus, Georgia, 2nd edition, 2013
Olia Hercules, Kaukasis: A Culinary Journey through Georgia, Azerbaijan & Beyond, London: Mitchell Beazley (Octopus), 2017
Sergei Paradjanov, The Colour of Pomegranates, 1959, film
Donald Rayfield, Edge of Empires: A History of Georgia, London: Reaktion Books, 2012
Kurban Said, Ali and Nino, 1937, translated from the German by Jenia Graman, London: Hutchinson / New York: Random House, 1970: Novel about a romance between a Muslim Azerbaijani boy and a Christian Georgian girl in Baku in 1918 20 (see Asif Kapadia above)
Zaza Urushadze, Tangerines, 2013, film, Georgia
Thomas de Waal, Black Garden: Armenia and Azerbaijan through peace and war, 1st pub. 2003, rev. edn 2013, New York: New York University Press
The Caucasus: An introduction, Oxford & New York: Oxford University Press, 2010

NB: There is no class on Monday 12th March

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About your tutor:
Roy Forward has studied Political Science at the University of Melbourne, Fine Art at the ANU and Chinese language at the University of Canberra. He enjoyed a long and varied career, first as a university lecturer both in Australia and overseas and then in various roles in government and with the National Gallery of Australia. He has been lecturing in art history and appreciation for over 10 years. Roy also leads study tours through Central Asia.

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