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Writing Memory: The Search for Home in Armenian Diaspora Literature as Cultural Practice.
By Lorne Shirinian

ISBN 0-920266-22-3.
189 pages.
Bibliography and index.

“Lorne Shirinian's essays constitute a scholar's contribution to the efforts of 'communalization' among diaspora Armenians, about which he has written with compassion and deep conviction.”

Irwin Streight, Department of English, Queen's University

In Writing Memory, Lorne Shirinian has written an important introduction, which places Armenian American literature in the context of the Armenian diaspora and analyzes its significance for this transnational culture. The book contains six essays and an afterword, in which Shirinian speculates as to the future of Armenian diaspora culture.

Table of Contents
1. A Critical History of Armenian American Literature
2. Transculturation and Armenian American Writing: Literature on the Edge
3. William Saroyan: Writing Home
4. David Kherdian and the Ethno-autobiographical Impulse: Rediscovering the Past
5. Representations of Armenia in Armenian American Poetry
6. The Quest Pattern in Armenian American Literature

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