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Armenian Literature

Organized by the Armenian Studies Program, University of Michigan
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
April 16-19, 2009

Friday, 17 April, 2009

Session I

9:00 -12:15
Chair: Theo van Lint

Contin: “The concepts of act and sensation in the Definitions of philosophy by David the Invincible”

Vacca: “Reconciling Armenian and Islamic historiography: seventh century Arab incursions in Armenia”

Boyadjian: “An Armenian Princess, a Mongol King, and a conversation tale: the Middle English didactic romance, King of Tars, and its analogs”

Hambardzumyan: “Some versions of the Armenian epic poem, Sasna Tzrer.”

Session II

14:00 – 18:00
Chair: Kevork Bardakjian

Pifer: “Encounters with the ineffable and the role of the senses in the gardens of Armenian medieval poetry”

Ertan: “Eremia Č‘elepi Kēōmiwrčean and the question of Messianism/Millenarianism in 17th century Ottoman society”

Karapetian: “The drama and dramatist in Hovhannes Tumanian”

Johnson: “A new woman's magazine: Hayastani ashkhatavoruhi  and the cultural production of gender norms in the early Soviet period”

Saturday , 18 April, 2009

Session III

9:00 – 12:15
Chair: Khachig Tololyan

Hovhannisyan: “I write, therefore I exist

Danielyan: “The contemporary novel in Armenia

Douzjian: “Madness, memory and forgetting in post-soviet emptiness: Aghasi Ayvazyan’s Dekorner and Gurgen Khanjyan’s Averakneri pahakě"

Chahinian: “Narrative time and Diaspora’s new novel: a look at Krikor Beledian’s Anuně  lezuis tak”

Der Mugrdechian: “Genocide, identity, and memory in post-Genocide Armenian-American literature”

Session IV

14:00 – 18:00

Chair: Talar Chahinian

This session is devoted to translation.  Papers and remarks will be followed by a general discussion.

Haroutyunian: “The reception and translation of Dante in the Armenian World”

Tölölyan: “Durian and translation: many journeys, several destinations, no arrival”

van Lint: “Translation and other creation: the international context of Armenian culture”

Bardakjian: “Translation: an art of creation or simulation?”

Sunday, 19 April, 2009

Chair:  Barlow Der Mugrdechian
A round-table discussion, Armenia – Diaspora literary relations
Certain themes to be explored:

  1. Language and expression
  2. Content
  3. Influences
  4. Relations