Although ancestral voices have inspired many Armenian American writers of poetry and fiction in the twentieth century, their expression through drama has been limited. The first of its kind, this anthology is a collection of plays by notable Armenian Americans. Written in English largely by artists of Armenian extraction during the latter part of the twentieth century, the plays reflect the outrage of the Armenian Genocide, the forced transplantation that created the Armenian Diaspora, and the desire to maintain the newly established democratic homeland.
Including a range of authors from William Saroyan to more contemporary voices, this anthology represents the writers that have stimulated cutting-edge contemporary drama from the mid-twentieth century to the present. The collection includes farce, comedy, tragicomedy, and tragedy (and sometimes blends of all of these). The plays reflect the shared experiences of Armenian family life in Armenia, Turkey, and America. The themes include the joy of freedom to practice their faith and ethnic customs, the turmoil of acculturation, and the feared loss of identity through assimilation.
The editor has provided headnotes for each play and an extensive introduction tracing the history of Armenian American drama in the United States.
Columbia University Press
A valuable anthology of eight plays best representing the Armenian American drama of the last thirty years, this original collection, centered thematically on the Armenian genocide and the trials of life after Armenians' expulsion from the homeland, includes an introduction and headnotes for each play.
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Title: Contemporary Armenian American Drama: An Anthology
Author: Nishan Parlakian
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Date Published: December 2004
Table of Contents:
|Ellis Island 101||41|
|Grandma, pray for me||88|
|Dance mama, dance||129|
|The Armenian question||283|
|A girl's war||348|
Armenian Mirror-SpectatorThis volume as well as its predecessor belongs on the library shelf of anyone genuinely interested in Armenian theater.
— Daphne Abeel
[Parklakian's] diverse efforts and vision charted the course for this rare publication.
A useful contribution to Armenian studies and to collections of ethnic literatures in general... Recommended.
Ararat QuarterlyParlakian's anthology is essential to any study of drama, literature, genocide and holocaust, and history in general.
— Nishan Parlakian
This volume as well as its predecessor belongs on the library shelf of anyone genuinely interested in Armenian theater.
Parlakian's anthology is essential to any study of drama, literature, genocide and holocaust, and history in general.
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