Krikor Beledian Discusses Art, Poetry, and Mourning at AUA

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YEREVAN, Armenia – On November 7, 2014, the American University of Armenia (AUA) welcomed beloved Armenian writer, literary critic, and translator Krikor Beledian for a talk in Manoogian Hall. Beledian discussed the concept of art, in all its manifestations, as a form of mourning, speaking at length about Armenian poet Daniel Varoujan, whose work is famous for its tone of sadness, and who is the subject of Beledian’s 2014 book, “Daniel Varoujan, Experiencing Genocide.”
Krikor Beledian was born in 1945 in Beirut. After graduating from the Armenian Lyceum Nshan Palandjian Seminary, he studied in the literary department of the French University of Beirut, while at the same time working as a teacher. He moved to Paris in 1967, where he studied philosophy at the Sorbonne. In 1974, he earned his PhD, writing his dissertation in the topic “Martin Heidegger’s Aesthetic Breach.” During the same years, he also took Armenian Studies in the Institute of Eastern Languages in Paris. He has written dozens of volumes of poetry, novels, essays and critical works. Beledian currently lives in Paris.

This lecture is part of the 1915 Centennial Series at AUA.

Founded in 1991, the American University of Armenia (AUA) is a private, independent university located in Yerevan, Armenia and affiliated with the University of California. AUA provides a global education in Armenia and the region, offering high-quality, graduate and undergraduate studies, encouraging civic engagement, and promoting public service and democratic values.


Krikor Beledian discusses art, poetry, and mourning at AUA.

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