Armenian Philology in the Modern Era

From Manuscript to Digital Text


Philology is one of the most investigated fields of Armenian studies. At the end of the twentieth century, it was important to provide an overview of the main achievements and on the methodological approaches implemented in this field till now. This is the aim of the present publication. Part I focuses on the manuscripts, the inscriptions, and the printings. Its second section is devoted to the textual criticisms and the third section explores the interface between linguistics and philology. Case studies form the core of Part II. One chapter offers an overview on the 17th-19th centuries, and two articles are devoted to the conditions of the circulation of the literary production in the 20th century, both in Western and Eastern Armenian.
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Biographical Note

Valentina Calzolari is Professor of Armenian Studies at the University of Geneva and the current President of the Association Internationale des Etudes Arméniennes. She has published extensively on ancient Armenian Literature. She is co-editor of the series Commentaria in Aristotelem Armeniaca. Davidis Opera (Philosophia Antiqua, Brill). Michael E. Stone is Professor emeritus of Armenian Studies and Comparative Religion in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He has major contributions to the study of Armenian paleography and epigraphy and the reception history of Biblical and apocryphal traditions in Armenian. He is also one of the editors of the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Table of contents

Foreword Introduction Sigla PART I Manuscripts, Inscriptions and Printings The Archaeology of the Armenian Manuscript: Codicology, Paleography and Beyond - Dickran KOUYMJIAN Collections and Catalogues of Armenian Manuscripts - Bernard COULIE On the historical and literary Value of the Colophons in Armenian Manuscripts - Anna SIRINIAN Armenian Epigraphy - Tim GREENWOOD Armenian Publishing and the Quest for Modernity (16th-19th centuries) - Raymond H. KEVORKIAN The Methodology of Textual Edition Text Editing: Principles and Methods -Bernard COULIE Digital Techniques for Critical Edition - Tara ANDREWS Linguistics, Normative Grammar, Dialectology and Philology Connections between Linguistics, Normative Grammar, and Philology - Moreno MORANI Manuscripts and Dialects - Jos J.S. WEITENBERG PART II: Case Studies Bible and Apocrypha The Armenian Bible: Status Quaestionis - Claude COX The Armenian Apocryphal Literature of the Old Testament in the Twentieth Century - Michael E. STONE The Editing of Christian Apocrypha in Armenian: Should we turn a new leaf? - Valentina CALZOLARI Patristics, Historiography, Hellenizing School and Philosophical Literature, Medieval Poetry The Church Fathers in Armenia, and the Armenian Fathers - Bernard OUTTIER The Major Works of Armenian Historiography (Classical and Medieval) - Robert W. THOMSON The Hellenizing School - Gohar MURADYAN Philosophical Literature in ancient and medieval Armenia - Valentina CALZOLARI Medieval Poetic Texts - Theo M. VAN LINT Modern and Contemporary Periods Philology, Documentary Research, and Channels of Cultural Diffusion from the 17th to the 19th century - Paolo LUCCA The Publication of Western Armenian Literature in the 20th century (1920-2000) - Harout KURKJIAN Literary Production in Twentieth-Century Armenia: From Stifling State Control to the Uncertainties of Independence - Myrna DOUZJIAN Towards a “Discourse on Method” in Armenian Studies: A Survey of Recent Debates with Special Regard to the Problem of Textual Hermeneutics - Boghos L. ZEKIYAN LIST OF CONTRIBUTORS INDEX


Armenologists and scholars and students from broader areas.