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Writing The Past From Diaspora

April 17, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Karen Jallatyan received a B.A. in Comparative Literature with a minor in Philosophy from UCLA. A Ph.D. Candidate in Comparative Literature in the University of California, Irvine, he is completing a dissertation on contemporary global Armenian filmmakers and writers who contribute to the emergence of a diaspora culture by transforming inherited national artistic traditions.



How does the fictionalization of the national past by diaspora authors diasporize literature? To answer this question, this talk will explore the ways in which Vahé Oshagan in “The Broken Elevator” («Խանգարուած վերելակը», 1962) and “Avarayr 80: Historical Fantasy” («Աւարայր 80. Պատմական ֆանտէզի», 1988) and Krikor Beledian in The Palimpsest Man (Կրկնագիր Մարդը, 2015) deploy hermeneutic tools afforded by modern fiction to meditate on the impact of the creation of the alphabet on Armenian collective life.

All welcome

Pizza and refreshments will be served

All proceedings will be in Armenian

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April 17, 2019
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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