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Overview of 21st Century Armenian Prose
Dr. Anahid Aramouni Keshishian is Lecturer in Eastern Armenian in the UCLA Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures. She received her BA from both Yerevan State University and the University of Laverne, while gaining her Ph.D from the Institute of Literature in Yerevan. Her dissertation on American-Armenian author Hagop Karapents was published by the Academy of Sciences in Armenia in 1999. Dr. Keshishian is also founder and artistic director of the Los Angeles-based art organization Arena Productions through the medium of which she translates, directs, and produces Armenian plays. Keshishian is also the recipient of the UCLA Academic Senate Committee’s prestigious Distinguished Teacher award in 2005.
Attention will focus on novels, novellas, short stories, and publications in other prose genres that have appeared since the year 2000. Analysis will foreground the main directions, literary tendencies, subjects, and stylistic characteristics those works manifest. Particular emphasis will be given to lesser-known works and those by emerging authors.