The Forgetful Figure: Armenian Representations of Trauma in Aṛakʿel of Tabriz and Shahan Shahnur

The Forgetful Figure: Armenian Representations of Trauma in Aṛakʿel of Tabriz and Shahan Shahnur The Forgetful Figure Armenian Representations of Trauma in AṛakÊ¿el of Tabriz and Shahan Shahnur Michael Pifer And this is why it seems to me that the kinds of antinarrative nonstories produced by literary modernism offer the only prospect for adequate representations of the kind of “unnatural” events—including the Holocaust—that mark our era and distinguish it absolutely from all of the history that has come before it. —Hayden White, “The Modernist Event,” in Figural Realism: Studies in the Mimesis Effect With this we close for the present our study of figura. Our purpose was to show how on the basis of its semantic development a word may grow into a historical situation and give rise to structures that will be effective for many centuries. —Erich Auerbach, “Figura” Nearly seventy years ago, Erich Auerbach brought figuralism into the limelight of literary studies. Breathtaking in scope, his masterful Mimesis and essay “Figura” ultimately posited figuralism, which gave rise to a particular mode of representing and interpreting reality, as essential for understanding the history of Western literature. Since Auerbach, numerous scholars, such as Hayden White, Robert Doran, and Hans Kellner, have explored the relationship between differ- ing concepts of the “figure” and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Literature and Trauma Studies University of Nebraska Press

The Forgetful Figure: Armenian Representations of Trauma in Aṛakʿel of Tabriz and Shahan Shahnur

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The Forgetful Figure Armenian Representations of Trauma in Aṛakʿel of Tabriz and Shahan Shahnur Michael Pifer And this is why it seems to me that the kinds of antinarrative nonstories produced by literary modernism offer the only prospect for adequate representations of the kind of “unnatural” events—including the Holocaust—that mark our era and distinguish it absolutely from all of the history that has come before it. —Hayden White, “The Modernist Event,” in Figural Realism: Studies in the Mimesis Effect With this we close for the present our study of figura. Our purpose was to show how on the basis of its semantic development a word may grow into a historical situation and give rise to structures that will be effective for many centuries. —Erich Auerbach, “Figura” Nearly seventy years ago, Erich Auerbach brought figuralism into the limelight of literary studies. Breathtaking in scope, his masterful Mimesis and essay “Figura” ultimately posited figuralism, which gave rise to a particular mode of representing and interpreting reality, as essential for understanding the history of Western literature. Since Auerbach, numerous scholars, such as Hayden White, Robert Doran, and Hans Kellner, have explored the relationship between differ- ing concepts of the “figure” and

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Published: Sep 13, 2016

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