MISSION HILLS, Calif.—The Ararat-Eskijian Museum, and National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR) will present “The Armenian Genocide in Literature: The Second Generation Responds” by Dr. Rubina Peroomian.
This volume, the fourth by the author, shows how the shadow of the Genocide has surfaced in the works of second-generation Diasporan Armenian writers to reflect a variety of reactions/responses conditioned by the individual’s perception of the past, in the context of his or her relationship with survivor parents and with the mainstream society. The Armenian component in some remains dormant; in others, it is gradually retrieved from a nebulous memory-hole to become an important dimension of their self-identity; in still others, the transmitted memory of images of suffering and death never loosens its grip. When coupled with the vague image of a lost homeland, a sense of deprivation, anger and frustration sets in and is further fueled by the perpetrator’s denial of the crime and distortion of history. Second-generation Armenian artistic expressions echo the struggle to cast off the shadow of the past and challenge the present stance of the perpetrators and world bystanders.
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. She has received numerous awards for her achievements.
The event will take place on Sunday January 29 at 4 p.m., (Book signing after the event) at the Ararat-Eskijian Museum Sheen Memorial Chapel, 15105 Mission Hills Road, Mission Hills, Calif. For more information contact the museum at [email protected] or by calling 747.500.7585).