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“The Armenian Genocide in Literature”: A Lecture by Dr. Rubina Peroomian

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The Armenian Genocide that took place almost a century ago is now sliding into the past, but justice has not been rendered. Obsession with the past fueled by denial of the crime, the deniers’ distortion of history, and the image of a lost homeland that kindles a sense of deprivation are hallmarks of the literature produced in the Armenian Diaspora.  Dr. Rubina Peroomian’s present volume begins with the response of the first-generation writers who survived, complementing her work Literary Responses to Catastrophe(1993) and demonstrating more emphatically the depth of the initial psychological shock of the traumatic experience as well as the soul-consuming struggle in dispersion. It then proceeds to discuss the literary response of the orphan generation, anapati serund, in its diversity and complexity and as a stark departure from the worldviews and literary traditions of the past with, nevertheless, the Genocide at its core.

The final chapter is devoted to the memoirs of the aging survivors, ordinary men and women who, without a claim to artistry but with an urge to record their harrowing past experiences for posterity, have put their personal stories in writing.
Dr. Rubina Peroomian holds a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Cultures from UCLA. She has taught Armenian studies courses, lectured widely, participated in international symposia, authored books, and contributed chapters to scholarly volumes.

Ararat-Eskijian Museum

Hasmik Mgrdichian Gallery
15105 Mission Hills Road, Mission Hills, CA

The event is free and open to the public. For more information contact theArarat-Eskijian Museum at 818-838-4862 or Ararat-eskijian-museum@netzero.net or NAASR at 617-489-1610 or hq@naasr.org. There will be a book signing and reception after the event.

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