Courses in Armenian Studies (Division 322)


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

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

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

See Slavic Ling. 271. (Bardakjian)

Armenian Literature and Culture in English

415/Slavic Ling. 415. The Roots of Christian Armenian Tradition: An Introduction to Old Armenian Literature. (3). (Excl).

Pagan Armenia underwent a profound spiritual, social and political transformation following the introduction of Christianity in the fourth, and the invention of a native script in the fifth, century. With the ensuing efflorescence of Armenian literature, there emerged a new Armenian tradition that has characterized the Armenian ethos for over fifteen hundred years. This course will attempt to bring to light and define the vital tenets that formed the foundations of the Christian Armenian Tradition, as formulated by the historians and intellectuals Koriun, Agathangelos, Yeznik, Pavstos Buzand, Yeghishe and Movses Khorenatsi. A critical evaluation of the works of these classic authors, the sources of their inspiration, the unique ways in which they contributed to the formation of the new Armenian identity, and the effect they had on the subsequent manifestations of the Armenian self-image and on Armenian interpretations of such concepts as piety, patriotism, and patria will all be highlighted against an historical background. The format will be lectures and short discussions. Students will be required to write one long, or two short, term-papers, in addition to examinations. English translations of texts will be used and no knowledge of Armenian is required. No prerequisites. This course is the first in a series of five to cover the entire history of Armenian literature. (Bardakjian)

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