A Struggle to Comprehend the Catastrophe and Survive

A Comparative Study of the Armenian and the Jewish Literary Responses to Catastrophe
  • Rubina Peroomian


The history of the Armenian and the Jewish peoples is marked by a constant struggle to preserve religious and national identity in all circumstances. The struggle not to succumb to foreign encroachment has more often than not resulted in national disaster. The shocks of the catastrophe have affected the frame of mind and worldviews of both peoples, producing a reverberation in their cultures, specifically, in the literature of the time. In both cases, literature has become the repository of response to disaster and the attempt to explain and interpret history.


Jewish Community Jewish People Armed Resistance Armed Struggle Literary Response 
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