Contemporary Armenian Drama and World Literature

  • Myrna Douzjian
Part of the Mediterranean Perspectives book series (MEPERS)


Though they do so in the name of understanding literary culture as a universal, autonomous system, theories that develop models of world literature tend to center on the Euro-American canon. Because these models claim comprehensiveness, they eliminate the need for any meaningful engagement with languages and literatures outside their purview. Taking a contemporary Armenian play, Aghasi Ayvazyan’s Props (Dekorner), as a case in point, this chapter examines the ways in which an absurdist theatrical work produced for a small audience can undermine assertions made by critical discourses on world literature.

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  • Myrna Douzjian
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  1. 1.University of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA

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