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This massive volume offers a comprehensive guide to Armenian writers and literature spanning five centuries. Combining features of a reference work, bibliographic guide, and literary history, it records the output of almost four hundred authors who wrote both in Armenia and in the communities of the Armenian diaspora.
The book first presents a general history of the literature, with chapters devoted to a single century and prefaced by information on the era's social, cultural, and religious milieus. There then follows a section of biobibliographical entries for Armenian authors, a section of bibliographies and reference works, and a listing of anthologies of literature both in Armenian and in translation. Cross-references to earlier authors and to sources of influence, both Armenian and non-Armenian, enrich the volume's encyclopedic aspects.
A final section contains bibliographies devoted to particular genres and periods, such as minstrels, folklore, and prosody. Of particular interest is a thematic discussion of the works of more than one hundred and fifty pocts, historians, monks, and others, highlighting the themes that captured the imagination of Armenian authors since the sixteenth century. A general index containing names, pseudonyms, and place-names rounds out the volume.
An indispensable guide for scholars of Armenian literature, Bardakjian's work will be invaluable for teaching and research. Moreover, it offers a new touchstone for appreciating this vast body of literature.
|Transcription of Armenian||15|
|Part 1||A General History of Armenian Literature, 1500-1990||21|
|The Sixteenth Century||23|
|The Seventeenth Century||46|
|The Eighteenth Century||74|
|The Nineteenth Century||99|
|The Twentieth Century: The First Two Decades||150|
|The Twentieth Century: 1920-1990||201|
|Part 2||Bio-Bibliographical Entries: Authors Born between 1500 and 1920||253|
|Part 3||Bibliographies and Reference Literature||587|
|General Bibliographies of Armenian Literature||589|
|General Reference Works on Armenian Literature||594|
|Studies of Shorter Periods||598|
|Anthologies in Armenian||625|
|Anthologies in Translation||629|
|Part 5||Special Topics||631|
|II.||General Names and Subjects||687|