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Picturing IdentityContemporary American Autobiography in Image and Text$
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Hertha D. Sweet Wong

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781469640709

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469640709.001.0001

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Peter Najarian’s Illustrated Memoirs

Peter Najarian’s Illustrated Memoirs

“‘The Terror of Our History’ and a Love That May Redeem It”

(p.19) Peter Najarian’s Illustrated Memoirs
Picturing Identity

Hertha D. Sweet Wong

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter discusses Peter Najarian’s illustrated memoirs, autobiographical narratives in book format that incorporate drawings, paintings, and photographs: Daughters of Memory, The Great American Loneliness, and The Artist and His Mother. The son of a survivor of the Armenian Genocide, Najarian filters the story of his Armenian American family and community through Western art and literature, depicting his legacy of transgenerational trauma. In his assemblage of texts and images, Najarian grapples with the complex issues of representation, memory, history, and subjectivity, forcing readers to look anew.

Keywords:   Peter Najarian, Illustrated Memoir, Armenian Genocide, Transgenerational Trauma, Assemblage, Memory, Subjectivity

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