ASP Lecture | Biopolitics and Life-Writing among Ottoman Armenians: The Sacred Life of Zabel Yesayan
In relation to the loss of one’s political and everyday life, this talk concentrates on the paradox of the making of the modern biopoliticized subject, which materializes in an alternative and radical form of life-writing. Emphasizing the ways one engages with life-writing, which Dr. Aktokmakyan calls ‘auto-bio-thanato-graphy,’ the talk examines the ‘non-sovereign’ quality in Yesayan’s "Among the Ruins" to reframe a theory of agency and body politics, as well as the notion of the political in the Western Armenian literature.
Maral Aktokmakyan earned her PhD in Western Languages and Literature from Boğaziçi University in 2016. She specializes in modern Western Armenian literature with her Master’s Thesis on female literary styles and discourses in the works of Serpouhi Dussap and Charlotte Brontë. She is currently working on the literary representations of biopolitical reductions with a particular emphasis on the Ottoman Armenians before and after the Genocide. Her dissertation, entitled "If This is Life: Rethinking the Modern Subject through the Aporia of Biopolitics," examines the ways in which biopoliticized lives in the works of Zabel Yesayan and Hagop Mntzuri, William Faulkner and Joseph Conrad are represented and problematized.
Photo caption: Ottoman Armenians celebrate the restoration of constitution in 1908, Merzifon- in Les Armeniens 1917-1939 La Quete d’un Refuge (The Armenians, 1917-1939 In Search of Refuge). By Michel Paboudjian.
|Event Type:||Lecture / Discussion|
|Tags:||International, Literature, Middle East Studies, Multicultural, Politics|
|Source:||Happening @ Michigan from Armenian Studies Program, Comparative Literature, International Institute|
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