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Zabel Yesayan, woman and witness, or the truth of the mask

Nichanian, Marc (2010) Zabel Yesayan, woman and witness, or the truth of the mask. New Perspectives on Turkey (42). pp. 31-53. ISSN 0896-6346

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Abstract

The essay deals with Zabel Yesayan's supposed feminism, both in her literary production and her political activity. It shows that any attempt at a discourse of reconciliation on the basis of women's solidarity became impossible after 1909. This explains the tone of her 1911 testimony on the events in Adana and the powerful appeal to her Turkish compatriots for a future citizenship. Here Yesayan spoke as a witness, not as a woman any more. The fact that after 1911 Yesayan slowly opened for herself a new field of "feminine" writing should be interpreted along that line, as an unexpected consequence oilier turnabout.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:feminism; reconciliation; testimony; feminine writing; citizenship; Armenian feminist writers; Zabel Yesayan
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman > HQ1101-2030.7 Women. Feminism
ID Code:13976
Deposited By:Marc Nichanian
Deposited On:26 May 2010 10:17
Last Modified:25 May 2011 14:18

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