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Title: "La mia anima esiliata". La vita e la produzione artistica della scrittirice armena Zabel Yesayean
Authors: Contin, Benedetta
Issue Date: 2008
Publisher: Padova, Studio Editoriale Gordini
Abstract: This article consists of two parts: the first contains a brief analysis of woman's role in both pre-Christian and Christian Armenian society, while the second part tries to delineate her relation with modernity, particularly as reflected in some Armenian women writers. Above all, we intend to analyze, in the light of feminine experience, the psychological perception of exile, after the trauma of the Genocide. Our analysis is based on two texts: "My Exiled Soul" by Zabel Essayen and "My Grandmother" by Fethiye Çetin (a Turkish woman laywer who, in a recent book telling her maternal grandmother's story, has touched on the subject of the Armenian genocide, a taboo for Turkish society). Exile is explored in two basic forms of different level and quality: material exile and spiritual exile: Material exile is the physical uprooting from homeland. Fethiye's grandmother, on the contrary, experienced a spiritual exile because, even though she spent her life in her ancestral homeland, she was compelled to give up her mother tongue, use exclusively Turkish and to embrace the Muslim religion. The heroine of Essayean's novel, on the contary, lives in a perpetual exile, because her soul is not free to express itself and her inner experiences are always at variance with external reality.
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