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Open Access 'Travail d'abolition': Illness and Statelessness in Armen Lubin

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This article explores the poetry of Chahnour Kerestedjian (1903–74), an Istanbul-born writer and member of the Armenian diaspora, who emigrated to France in 1922 following the Armenian Genocide, and in whose French-language poet-persona, Armen Lubin, the horizons of writer, invalid and stateless person come to intersect. Consigned by chronic tuberculosis of the bones to a lengthy cycle of sojourns in French hospitals and sanatoria, Lubin's poor health rendered him unfit for military service, thereby obstructing his attempts to secure naturalization in France. Eliciting an underlying connection between the medical and juridical domains in Lubin's poetry and prose, the article shows how this poet-patient produced a body of work which inflects the condition of statelessness with a lingering opacity and ironic deflation, and which does so in a language which figures, and deflects, those disciplinary logics of which the stateless individual finds himself the object.

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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 1, 2014

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  • The Irish Journal of French Studies is an annual international refereed journal published by the Association des Études Françaises et Francophones d'Irlande. Articles in English, French or Irish are welcomed on any aspect of research in the area of French and Francophone culture, society, literature and thought. Articles published within the last two years are available free online to members and may be purchased by non-members. All other articles are available on an open access basis.

    Please note that the Print ISSN listed for the journal on this website applies to volumes 1 to 10, and part of volume 16. All other volumes are published, in their entirety, on-line only.

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