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)

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 occurred 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 prerequisites. (Bardakjian)

480. Armenian-American Writers. (3). (Excl).

The course will focus on a number of related themes: the pain of exile, the conflict between the two generations, the question of "assimilation," the peculiar sensibility which results from a "divided psyche," the influence of the Armenian literary tradition on style and genre. Authors to be studied are: Leon Surmelian, David Kherdian, Peter Sourian, Emmanuel Varandyan, Michael J. Arlen, Marjorie Housepian, Diana Der Hovanessian, Peter Balakian, Aram Saroyan. Readings include: Robert Mirak's TORN BETWEEN TWO LANDS: Armenians in American, 1890-WWI; Nona Balakian's THE ARMENIAN-AMERICAN WRITER, and Margaret Bedrosian's THE OTHER MODERNISTS: TRADITION AND THE INDIVIDUAL TALENT IN ARMENIAN-AMERICAN LITERATURE. The course will cover fiction, poetry, drama and expository prose. (Calonne)

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