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Armenian Studies Program

Armenian Publication Series

Armenian Series established at The Press at Fresno State

The Armenian Series was established at The Press at Fresno State through the Armenian Studies Program. Funding for the Armenian Series was established by the M. Victoria Karagozian Kazan and Henry S. Khanzadian Kazan Endowment.

Barlow Der Mugrdechian is the current editor of the Armenian Series.
Dickran Kouymjian was editor of the series from 1986 until his retirement in 2008.

Fourteen titles have been published through the Armenian Series.
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2022-No. 15 in the Armenian Series-Forthcoming May 15
"From My Life and My Thought: Reflections on an Armenian-American Journey"
Reflections on an Armenian American Journey
by Dennis R. Papazian
Born ninety years ago in the pre-WWII, pre-civil rights American South of Armenian immigrant parents from Istanbul, Turkey, Dr. Dennis Papazian reflects on a quintessentially twentieth- century American life shaped by the challenges of the immigrant experience, his family’s struggle to create a life in a new land, and his determined efforts to secure an education that would ensure a life of security and the promise of the American dream. 

2021-No. 14 in the Armenian Series-Newly published
"Captive Nights: From the Bosphorus to Gallipoli with Zabel Yessayan
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Translated by G.M. Goshgarian and edited by Nanor Kebranian and Barlow Der Mugrdechian
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This new collection of translations from Zabel Yessayan’s (1878 – 1943?) internationally renowned body of work presents three of her least-known and most revealing stories: Meliha Nuri Hanum, The Veil, and Enough! Written between 1914 and 1928, these works share a common theme of women – both Armenian and Turkish – struggling against adverse social, political, and cultural circumstances, as they also examine questions of identity and marginalization.

2021-No. 13 in the Armenian Series
"The Committee of Union and Progress: Founders, Ideology, and Structure"
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Edited by Barlow Der Mugrdechian, Ümit Kurt, and Ara Sarafian
This book includes five chapters discussing the significance of the Committee of Union and Progress.

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2020-No. 12 in the Armenian Series
"Misak Medzarents: The Complete Lyric Poems"
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by Dr. James R. Russell
Misak Medzarents,1886-1908, was the second great lyric poet of the Western Armenian language after Bedros Tourian. During his tragically short life he published several slim volumes of verse. The poems are written in a complex and allusive language that deploys ancient Armenian, local dialect, and the vocabulary of Symbolism.
Misak Medzarents: The Complete Lyric Poems is a translation and commentary by James Russell of Medzarents’ complete works, the first of its kind in any foreign language, complementing James Russell’s previous work, Bosphorus Nights, of Bedros Tourian. The Complete Lyric Poems include more than 180 poems written by Medzarents, and includes the Armenian text of his poems.

2020-No. 11 in the Armenian Series
"The Armenians of Musa Dagh: From Obscurity to Genocide Resistance and Fame 1840-1915"
by Dr. Vahram L. Shemmassian
The Armenians of Musa Dagh is a comprehensive history of the people of Musa Dagh, who rose to prominence with their resistance to the Genocide in 1915. Dr. Shemmassian, has presented a thorough analysis of the social, economic, religious, educational, and political history of the six villages which constituted Armenian Musa Dagh. His work focuses on the important period of the mid-nineteenth to the early twentieth century, offering the reader a previously unavailable insight into the people whose courage and persistence ultimately led to their successful self-defense.

2020-No. 10 in the Armenian Series
"The First Republic of Armenia (1918-1920) on its Centenary: Politics, Gender, and Diplomacy"
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Edited by Bedross Der Matossian
This edited volume provides a multifaceted and interdisciplinary approach to studying the fascinating history of the First Republic of Armenia. Through an analysis of the politics, gender, and diplomacy of the period, the volume enriches our understanding of the short-lived Republic, which played a crucial role in guaranteeing the perseverance of Armenian identity, and ultimately laying the foundation for the modern Republic of Armenia.
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2020-No. 9 in the Armenian Series
"Armenians and Kurds in the Late Ottoman Empire"

Edited by Ümit Kurt and Ara Sarafian
Five ground-breaking articles that were first presented at a conference called "Armenians, Greeks, and Kurds: A People's History of the Ottoman Empire, held at Fresno State and organized by Prof. Barlow Der Mugrdechian and Ümit Kurt.

December 2019-No. 8 in the Armenian Series
"Armenian-American Sketches"
Winner of the Dr. Sona Aroian Award for Best Armenian Studies Book (Translation) 2021 Awarded by NAASR
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By author Bedros Keljik
Edited by Christopher Atamian, Lou Ann Matossian, and Barlow Der Mugrdechian
Armenians began arriving to America in large numbers at the end of the nineteenth and the beginning of the twentieth centuries. They established themselves in communities throughout the United States, maintaining their Armenian culture, while also becoming acclimated to life in America. In Armenian-American Sketches, author Bedros Keljik brings to life this period in Armenian-American history.

No. 7 in the Armenian Series
"Western Armenian in the 21st Century:
Challenges and New Approaches"
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Edited by Bedross Der Matossian and Barlow der Mugrdechian
This volume brings together experts in the field of Western Armenian who focus on theoretical questions as well as practical suggestions in dealing with outdated pedagogical approaches. The volume presents the latest research in the field of language acquisition, which benefits from theoretical and practical approaches in the field of teaching minority languages in a diasporic situation. 

"Fifty Years of Armenian Literature in France"
by Krikor Beledian (2016)
Translated by Christopher Atamian
This important work is a survey of Armenian literature produced in France from 1922-1952. Beledian analyzes the major literary trends and artists of the period.

Vahan Tekeyan: Selected Poems (2014)
(Վահան Թէքէեան: Հատընտիր քերթուածներ)

Vahan Tekeyan

An anthology of the works of poet Vahan Tekeyan, with facing Armenian original with the English translation by Gerald Papasian and John Papasian and with a foreword by Barlow Der Mugrdechian. Edited by Edmond Azadian and Gerald Papasian.

David of Sassoun: Critical Studies on the Armenian Epic (2013), eds. Dickran Kouymjian and Barlow Der Mugrdechian

 David of Sassoun

David of Sassoun: Critical Studies on the Armenian Epic (The Press at California State University, Fresno, 2013), 228 pages, a collection of essays by the world’s foremost scholars on the great oral epic of Armenia, edited by Dickran Kouymjian and Barlow Der Mugrdechian. David of Sassoun is the fourth title in the Armenian Series established through The Press at California State University, Fresno.
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Diana Der-Hovanessian,
Armenian Poetry of Our Time (2011)

 Armenian Poetry of Our Time

In 1978 Diana Der-Hovanessian produced the landmark book, Anthology of Armenian Poetry, translating Armenian poetry into English, and making that poetry accessible to the broader reading world. The book has been out of print for several years, but the present volume, Armenian Poetry of Our Time, is Diana Der-Hovanessian’s latest contribution to the world of Armenian poetry.
Armenian Poetry of Our Time presents works of more than 100 Armenian poets, both well-known and lesser-known, from the nineteenth century until today. Readers will enjoy the variety of works and styles presented.

Pete Najarian,
The Artist and His Mother

 The Artist and His Mother

The Artist and His Mother is a work of creative non-fiction in the form of a novel whose narrator, a painter and writer, composes not only a portrait of himself and his mother, Zaroohe, but a story of a century from when, as a child of ten, she survived the Armenian Genocide in 1915, to her death in America in 2006.

Young Saroyan: Follow and Other Writings
William B. Secrest Jr., editor; introduction and analysis by Dickran Kouymjian

Young Saroyan 

Collected here for the first time are some of the unjustly neglected gems of William Saroyan's early work–including Follow, a gripping autobiographical novella published for the first time in book form–along with letters and unpublished short stories from the author's archive at Stanford University.

Other Titles:
William Saroyan: An Armenian Trilogy, 1986
Dickran Kouymjian, editor

Armenian Trilogy

Warsaw Visitors, Tales from the Vienna Streets:
The Last Two Plays of William Saroyan, 1991
Dickran Kouymjian, editor

Warsaw Visitor