Courses in Armenian Studies (Division 322)

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

See Armenian 171 under Slavic Linguistics (Division 474). (Bardakjian)

418/Slavic Ling. 418. The Post-Genocide Literature of the Armenian Dispersion. Permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).

Although most of the Western Armenian writers were put to death during the genocide, there occured almost no hiatus in the course of Armenian literature. A younger generation, many of whom were orphans, soon bridged the gap and revived the literary tradition. France, the U.S., and the Middle East (mainly Syria, Lebanon and Egypt) emerged as the most active centers of Armenian literary activities. All three groups manifested different reactions to the trauma they had suffered. The Armenian writers of France questioned old Armenian values. Those of the U.S. mainly reminisced about a fatherland and a lifestyle that had all but perished. The Armenian authors of the Middle East too revived memories but, at the same time, they held a more optimistic view of the present and future of their nation. This course will highlight these and many of the other ways in which the Armenian dispersion has tried through literature to understand and deal with its unprecedented tragedy and its consequences. The format will be lectures and short discussions. Students will be required to write two term papers in addition to a final exam. English translations of texts will be used; no knowledge of Armenian required. No prerequisties. (Bardakjian)

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