Stateless: The Politics of the Armenian Language in Exile (Paperback)

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Stateless: The Politics of the Armenian Language in Exile (Paperback)

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?In Stateless, Chahinian offers a rich exploration of Western Armenian literary history in the wake of the 1915 genocide that led to the dispersion of Armenians across Europe, North America, and beyond. Chahinian highlights two specific time periods--post-WWI Paris and post-WWII Beirut--to trace the ways in which literature developed in each diaspora community. In Paris, a literary movement known as Menk addressed the horrors Armenians experienced and focused on creating a new literary aesthetic centered on belonging while in exile. In Beirut, Chahinian shows how the literature was nationalized in the absence of state institutions. Over time, Armenian intellectuals constructed a unified and coherent narrative of the diaspora that returned to the pre-1915 literary tradition and excluded the Menk generation. Chahinian argues that the adoption of "national" as the literature's organizing logic ultimately limited its vitality and longevity as it ignored the diverse composition of diaspora communities.
Talar Chahinian lectures in the program for Armenian studies at University of California, Irvine where she is also visiting faculty in the Department of Comparative Literature. She coedits Diaspora: A Journal of Transnational Studies.
Product Details ISBN: 9780815637950
ISBN-10: 0815637950
Publisher: Syracuse University Press
Publication Date: April 17th, 2023
Pages: 312
Language: English