Armenian Studies Program pres.
Challenging Entrenched Categories: Re-Exploring Approaches to Armenian Literature
Sixth Annual International Graduate Student Workshop
In its consideration of how rigidly defined disciplinary boundaries in the study of national literatures include built-in notions of exclusion and self-referentiality, this workshop encourages critical dialogue surrounding the following types of questions:
(1) What are some effective ways in which Armenian literary texts can connect with larger intellectual discourses?
(2) What types of specific frameworks could be utilized in studying Armenian literature, and how would they facilitate cross-cultural and interdisciplinary approaches to the study of literature as a whole?
(3) How might proposed alternate frameworks differ from past approaches? Can they be deemed both effective and suitable approaches to studying Armenian literary texts?
(4) How might reading Armenian texts alongside other literary traditions expose moments of intercultural exchange and acculturation; and in what ways could these types of readings contribute to better understanding cultural intersections and textual transmission from the classical to the contemporary period?
(5) How might these types of discussions be applied to the study of other areas and fields in the Armenian tradition, and how might they work differently in other disciplines?
Organizer: Tamar Boyadjian, assistant professor of English and medieval literature, Michigan State University
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