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Mourning Philology: Art and Religion at the Margins of the Ottoman Empire

Marc Nichanian


Mourning Philology proposes a history of the 19th century national imagination as a reaction to the two main philological inventions of that century: “mythological religion” and the “native.” This history is illustrated with the case of the Armenians in the Ottoman Empire. The book offers an account of the successive stages (archeological, self-ethnographic, and aesthetical) of the implementation of orientalist philology, through which the nation came to existence. The last episode takes place in 1914 (a year before the general deportation and extermination of the Armenians of the Ottoman empi ... More

Keywords: Theories of nationalism, Armenians in the Ottoman empire, Catastrophe, Mythological religion, Paganism, Orientalist philology, Art as mourning, Armenian literature

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780823255245
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823255245.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Marc Nichanian, author
Columbia University