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“Empire, Nation, Diaspora: Recovering the Voices of Vahé and Hagop Oshagan” at the MLA International Symposium, Lisbon, July 23-25.

Lisbon was recently the site of two important events related to the literature of the Armenian diaspora. The first was a panel that convened at the International Symposium of the Modern Language Association (MLA), the major professional association for scholars … Continue reading

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Englishing Krikor Beledian

Krikor Beledian is the preeminent Western Armenian man of letters: literary critic, novelist, poet, Beledian has been writing prolifically since the mid 1960s.  Difficult, complex, even “unreadable” by some, Beledian’s writing resists quick passage– from its native Western Armenian to … Continue reading

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Alice Samuelian Aslanian has died…

~~I found out today that Alice Samuelian Aslanian, co-owner of Librarie Orientale in Paris, has died, only a month after the passing of her brother and co-owner of the Librairie, Armen Aslanian. These two deaths of brother and sister mark … Continue reading

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Finding Zabel Yessayan–and losing her

Zabel Yessayan–the mere utterance of the name echoes with what Marc Nichanian describes, in Western Armenian, as հմայք, whose closest English equivalent would be allure. Nichanian’s chapter on Yessayan in his Writers of Disaster makes for a devastating reading–her tumultuous … Continue reading

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