The Theme of Genocide in Armenian-American Literature
Nalbandyan 7, #1,
“The Theme of Genocide in Armenian-American Literature”
Thursday, April 28, 2011 @ 7:30PM
Abstract: The Armenian Genocide had a major impact on the themes expressed in twentieth century Armenian-American literature, among which are "The Absence of the Father," "The Family," and themes of a general nature. The Genocide, which began in 1915 and continued until 1923, nearly caused the physical and intellectual extinction of the Armenian people. Those not destroyed in the Western Armenian part of the historic Armenian homeland were dispersed. The representation of the Genocide in Armenian-American literature leads to a shift in an understanding of Armenian identity for Armenian-Americans. The protagonist(s) in each of the novels of late twentieth century authors has(have) undergone a pronounced shift in ethnic identity, assuming a symbolic Armenianness. This paper will give an overview of Armenian-American literature and briefly discuss some of the works of Armenian-American authors who have inscribed the theme of the Genocide in their texts.
Dr. Barlow Der Mugrdechian is the Coordinator of the Armenian Studies Program and Director of the Center for Armenian Studies at Fresno State University. He was appointed to the position in August of 2008. In 1985, he was hired at California State University, Fresno to teach Armenian language, literature, and culture courses through the Armenian Studies Program. For the past twenty-four years he has taught courses in Armenian language, history, literature, culture, art, church and a variety of other topics on Armenia and the Armenians. He received his M.A. and C. Philosophy degrees from UCLA, where he majored in Armenian Language and Literature through the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Literatures. In September of 2010, His Holiness Karekin II, Catholicos and Supreme Patriarch of the Armenian Church, bestowed upon Der Mugrdechian the St. Nerses Shnorhali (the Graceful) medal and encyclical. This was for service to the Armenian Church. Der Mugrdechian edited the new volume, "Between Paris and Fresno: Armenian Studies in Honor of Dickran Kouymjian," (Mazda Press, 2008). In December of 2000, Der Mugrdechian was given an honorary Doctorate Degree from Yerevan State University. YSU President Dr. Radik Martirosyan bestowed the honor on Der Mugrdechian in Yerevan, Armenia.
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