"ARMENIAN GENOCIDE IN LITERATURE" AUTHOR TO HOST BOOK-SIGNING EVENT IN GLENDALE
- On June 28, Glendale Central Library Auditorium will host a book signing event with Dr. Rubina Peroomian, author of the book titled "The Armenian Genocide in Literature: Perceptions of Those who lived Through the Years of Calamity." The lecture is in English.
Dr. 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, and contributed chapters to scholarly volumes. Her earlier publications include Literary Responses to Catastrophe, A Comparison of the Armenian and the Jewish Experience (1993), Hayastane HoHeDa-Bolshevik Haraberutiunneri Volortum, 1917-1921 (1997), And Those who Continued Living in Turkey after 1915(2008), and a series of high school textbooks on the Armenian Cause, as well as an online guidebook for teaching the Armenian Genocide to Armenian students grades 1-9.
The Armenian Genocide in Literature: Perceptions of Those who lived Through the Years of Calamity, published in 2012 by the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute in Yerevan, addresses the responses of the first generation survivor-writers reflecting the depth of the initial psychological shock and the soul-consuming struggle in dispersion; the responses of the orphan generation in their complexity and diversity and departure from the literary traditions of the past; and memoirs, personal stories of aging survivors. The book reveals the inner psyche of the survivors of a colossal collective catastrophe symptomized by withdrawal, isolation, anger, protest, wistful yearnings, and the collapse of moral and social order. The denial of the crime and distortion of history by the perpetrators add to the dilemma and hinders the process of healing to begin.
The program is sponsored by The UCLA Narekatsi Chair in Armenian Studies in cooperation with Friends of UCLA Armenian Language and Culture Studies & Abril Bookstore, according to a press release.
- 1818 Birth of Gevorg Hakhverdyan (philologist) in Tbilissi (Georgia). He died in 1861.
- 1860 Constantinople's National General Assembly adopts (and the Patriarch ratifies) the National Constitution of Western Armenia.
- 1921 Stalin, through the illegal decision of the Caucasian Bureau of the Central Committee of the Russian Communist Party, separates Artsakh (Mountainous Gharabagh) from Armenia and forcibly annexes it to Azerbaijan.