Courses in Armenian Studies (Division 322)

171/Slavic Ling. 171. First-Year Armenian. (4). (FL).

See Armenian 171 (Division 474 under Slavic).

271/Slavic Ling. 271. Second-Year Armenian. Armenian 172 or equivalent. (4). (FL).

See Armenian 271 (Division 474 under Slavic).

416/Slavic Ling. 416. Continuity and Change: Armenian Literature of the 10th-18th Centuries. (3). (Excl).

The collapse of Armenian political power in Armenia proper, and later in Cilician Armenia, coupled with the arrival of conquerors and new settlers, marked a new phase in both Armenia and Armenian letters. Many an Armenian writer more or less emulated, and elaborated on, the old literary tradition, both in matter and manner, while an increasingly growing number of them introduced new themes and genres under the impact of internal as well as external factors. Armenian literature now developed along two lines, which often converged: the traditional and the new. The latter in due course gave birth to a secular literature, gradually relegating the old into a secondary position and eventually almost completely replacing it. This course will outline a history of Armenian literature from the 10th to the 18th centuries, concentrating on the works of such authors as: Grigor Narekatsi, Nerses Shnorhali, Hovhannes and Kostandin Erznkatsi, Frik, Nahapet Kuchak, Sayat-Nova and others, who flourished within and without Armenia. The freshly introduced views and themes will be analyzed with due attention to contemporary political, demographic, economic, social and cultural changes, both among the Armenians and their neighbours, at once to trace the evolution of Armenian literature and to explain and understand the forces that shaped it. The format will consist of lectures and short discussions. In addition to exams, one long, or two short, term-papers will be required. English translations of texts will be used and no knowledge of Armenian is required. (Bardakjian)


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