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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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Variants and Facets of the Literary Erection

Variants and Facets of the Literary Erection

(p.14) Chapter 1 Variants and Facets of the Literary Erection (p.15)
Mourning Philology

Marc Nichanian

G. M. Goshgarian

Jeff Fort

Fordham University Press

This chapter discusses the generation of Armenian writers gathered in Constantinople around the journal Mehyan in 1914. It shows how the national idea is reflected in the pages of the journal, emphasizing the connection between art and religion made in the launching Manifesto. Attending to the interpretation given after the facts by some of its proponents with regard to the strivings of that generation, the chapter describes how they imagined the project of “nationalizing the nation” as an operation of active reception and sublation of the popular productions, i.e. through their aestheticization. Finally, the antisemitic views expressed in the journal are referred to the logic of mythological religion invented by nineteenth-century philology.

Keywords:   Aestheticization, Nationalism, Art and religion, Antisemitism

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