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Constantinople and Smyrna in the Diasporan Armenian and Greek Imaginaries [Part Two]

[Nineteenth-century postcard of Smyrna. Image via the author.]

[Part One of this article can be found here.] Constantinople in Diasporan Armenian Films While artistic production in the Armenian diaspora has been nowhere near as abundant as it had been in Constantinople during the final decades of the Ottoman Empire, generations of diasporan Armenian artists—working in the Middle East, Europe, and the Americas—have been poking holes in Yessayan’s theory since the 1920s. But in recent years, diasporan Armenian filmmakers have even begun ...

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Constantinople and Smyrna in the Diasporan Armenian and Greek Imaginaries [Part One]

[Bridge and Galata Area, Istanbul, by Abdullah Frères, ca. 1880-1893. Image via Flickr.]

. . . Բայց դուն, տեսի՜լք ընտանի, հիմա ա՜յնչափ հեռացած, Ըսէ՜, իրաւ է որ ա՜լ պիտի երբեք չբացուիս Դիմացն զքեզ փնտռող իմ անսահման կարօտիս . . . ։   Դուն որ եղար, ո՜վ Պոլիս, լոյսն աչքերուս նորաբաց, Ճի՞շդ է, ըսէ՜, որ ա՜լ մենք օտարնե՜ր ենք իրարու Եւ իրաւունք չունի՜մ ես քու հողիդ մէջ թաղուելու. . . ։   [But you, familiar vision now so far away, Tell me, is it true that you will never again open your arms wide for My limitless longing that has been ...

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Exile and Memory in Contemporary Western Armenian Literature

[Covers of Krikor Beledian's novel

A thick stack of black and white photographs flutters to the floor. A man stands over the jumbled pile and, looking past bent corners and nibbled edges, sees dozens of faces staring up at him. These faces are vaguely familiar—an old neighbor, a distant cousin, an aunt who used to spend summers with him. Some photos land face down and, from his height, the man can just make out the names and dates scribbled in purple ink across the backs. He kneels down and, with the tips of ...

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A New Kind of Armenian-Turkish Reconciliation

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In October 2011, the newly renovated Sourp Giragos Armenian Apostolic Church reopened in Turkey’s southeastern province of Diyarbakir. Among the hundreds gathered to celebrate its first mass in over ninety years were local men and women who had chosen the occasion to be baptized into the Armenian Apostolic Church. Raised as Sunni Muslims, these men and women were the children and grandchildren of Armenians who had converted to Islam to escape persecution in the waning days ...

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Jennifer Manoukian

 

Jennifer Manoukian is a student in the MA program in Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies at Columbia University. She is currently an intern with the Arab Studies Institute, where she does research for the Forum on Arab and Muslim Affairs. She is interested in Western Armenian literature and issues of identity and cultural production in the Armenian diaspora. Her writing on these topics has appeared in ianyanmag.com and zohrabcenter.com. She also translates from Western Armenian and has had her translations of writer Zabel Yessayan featured in araratmagazine.org. She can be reached at jsmanoukian@gmail.com.