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Mourning PhilologyArt and Religion at the Margins of the Ottoman Empire$
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Marc Nichanian

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780823255245

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823255245.001.0001

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The Mourning of Religion I

The Mourning of Religion I

(p.171) Chapter 7 The Mourning of Religion I
Mourning Philology

Marc Nichanian

G. M. Goshgarian

Jeff Fort

Fordham University Press

Through the analysis of Daniel Varuzhan's earliest “pagan” poem, which presents itself first as the description of a sacrifice to the god Vahagn, and then more essentially as a repetition of that same sacrifice within the sphere of art, in a time when (mythological) religion has come to an end, this chapter tries to understand once again how Varuzhan understood “art” both as the origin of religion and the “mourning” for religion. When everything has been destroyed, what remains is the capacity for mourning in the form of art. The question that haunts this chapter is therefore: What mourning after the Catastrophe?

Keywords:   Sacrifice, End of religion, Art as mourning, Catastrophe, Remnants

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