Addressivity and the Monument: Memorials, Publics and the Yezidis of Armenia
History and Memory: studies in representation of the past
Indiana University Press
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This article examines the relationship between monuments and publics, using Karin Barber’s model of how texts interact with publics, which draws on the Bakhtinian notion of addressivity. Two monuments associated with the Yezidi community, Armenia’s largest minority, are considered here. Both are of recent construction – one sacred, the shrine at Shamiram, and the other secular, the monument to Cahangir Agha, a hero of the battle of Sardarabad. These are set in the context of former Soviet and Armenian discourses; responses to them vary considerably between different constituencies. Barber’s approach highlights the monuments’ role in processes of convocation and interpellation which highlight the interplay of speech and non-verbal genres within discourses of memory in general.
This article was published as Addressivity and the Monument: Memorials, Publics and the Yezidis of Armenia by Christine Allison History and Memory Vol. 25, No. 1 (Spring/Summer 2013), pp. 145-181 Published by: Indiana University Press. No part of this article may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, transmitted, or distributed, in any form, by any means, electronic, mechanical, photographic, or otherwise, without the prior permission of Indiana University Press. For educational re-use, please contact the Copyright Clearance Center (508-744-3350). For all other permissions, please visit Indiana University Press' permissions page.
Vol. 25, No. 1, Spring/Summer 2013