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  • The XV International Symposium – Literature and Pandemic. Historical and Thematic Experience – will be held on September 22-24, 2021.

    Dear Colleagues!

    It is almost a year the Covid-19 has changed everyday life of the world population.

    People find themselves in a claustrophobic isolation and are deprived of normal communications. Writing, which is a reflection on reality, mirrors current processes in various forms.

    There are some issues that require immediate analysis and response.

    The historical past also should not be forgotten. The world has been threatened many times by cholera, plague, typhus… Exactly during the pandemic period was written Giovanni Boccaccio’s Decameron.

    The theme of the pandemic was described by many authors. For example, Albert Camus Black Plague, Jack London’s Scarlet Plague, Gabriel-Garcia Marque’s Love in Time of Cholera, Vazha-Pshavela’s Thoughts (because of Cholera)…and lots of wonderful books and publicity letters can be listed!

    Let us remind the world those texts and their influence on the present day.

    Pandemic has changed the methods of teaching literature around the world. Nor should this topic be ignored…There is a lot to discuss. Literature and pandemic seem to be constantly coming closer to each other and this reunion is always an indicator of something new, painful, but great transformation that society should overcome in the name of its recovery.

    Shota Rustaveli Institute of Georgian Literature and Georgian Comparative Literature Association are ready to challenge this difficult period with you.

    Call for Papers