Courses in Armenian Studies (Division 322)

172/Slavic Ling. 172. First-Year Armenian. Armenian 171 or equivalent. (4). (FL).

See Slavic 172. (Bardakjian)

272/Slavic Ling. 272. Second-Year Armenian. Armenian 271 or equivalent. (4). (FL).

See Slavic 272. (Bardakjian)

280. The Works of William Saroyan (3). (Excl).

THE WORKS OF WILLIAM SAROYAN. This special one-term course will be taught this winter term on the life and writing of William Saroyan, the Armenian-American playwright and novelist. David Calonne, the author of a major study on Saroyan, will be the instructor. The course aims to explore Saroyan's major writings in four genres: fiction, play, novel, and memoir. We will explore his deepest concerns: the search for true being or identity, the place of the Armenian in America, the purpose of art. We will also discuss Saroyan's unique contribution to American prose style and his influence on writers such as Jack Kerouac. Attention will be paid to biography as well as Saroyan's place in the history of Armenian literature and culture. Students will be asked to write various essays on the aspects of our work together and explore in-depth individual interests. Works to be read include: THE DARING YOUNGMAN ON THE FLYING TRAPEZE, THE BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE, MY HEART'S IN THE HIGHLANDS, THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE, MY NAME IS ARAM, THE HUMAN COMEDY, PLACES WHERE I'VE DONE TIME, DAYS OF LIFE AND DEATH AND ESCAPE TO THE MOON, CHANCE MEETINGS, TRIO (A recent collection of plays on Armenian themes), WILLIAM SAROYAN: MY REAL WORK IS BEING. (Calonne)

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

This course will trace the collapse of Armenian political power in Armenia proper and later in Cilician Armenia, coupled with the arrival of conquerors and new settlers in the region. These events marked a new phase in both Armenia and Armenian letters. Many an Armenian writer emulated, and elaborated on the old literary tradition, while a 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 developed into 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 century, concentrating on the works of Narekatsi, Shnorhali, Erznkatsi, Frik, Kuckak and Sayat-Nova. (Bardakjian)


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