Vol. 16 (2023): XVI International Symposium Contemporary Issues of Literary Criticism Socialist Realism in Literature and Art
Criticism and Journalism of the Period of Socialist Realism

„Knight in the Panther’s Skin“ in the „Light“ of Socialist Realism

Lia Karichashvili
Shota Rustaveli Institute of Georgian Literature

Published 2023-12-11


  • “Knight in the Panther’s Skin“,
  • Socialist realism,
  • Epoch,
  • Criticism


Socialist realism epoch has read the “Knight in the Panther’s Skin”, from the specific point of view. It was necessary to place Rustaveli’s worldview into the suitable frame, that were close to materialism and socialist realism principles. As the main sign of his progressive thinking, they regarded “rejection of the medieval religious darkness”. Rustaveli was named an apologist for worldly love, it was a one-sided understanding of the concept of love given in the prologue. However, this epoch was a new stage in the scientific study of the poem. the celebration events dedicated to Rustaveli’s 750th and 800th birthdays have greatly contributed to popularization of the “Knight in the Panther’s Skin” all over the world.