Stranger in the Mirror

By Robert Levine

Armenian Culture​​​

Fifty Years of Armenian Literature
by Krikor Beledian

"Krikor Beledian has produced  a comprehensive and fascinating  view of the Armenian literary landscape in France, one that will be of lasting significance to the study of Armenian literature. This volume will provide  a wealth of material useful to both scholars and to the reading public. "

Fifty Years of Armenian Literature in France by Krikor Beledian; translated by Christopher Atamian; edited by Barlow DerMugrdechian (9x6,640pp.$20.00paper, ISBN13:978-0-912201-51-1) has been published October 2016, as the sixth volume in the Armenian Series, by The Press at California State University, Fresno in English.

Fifty Year of Armenian Literature in France examines Armenian literature as it emerged in France between 1922 and the beginning of the 1970's. Its goals are several. First of all, to retrace the literary history of the period starting with Armenian immigration until the passing away of the movement's main representatives. Then by examining the most significant works, to study the issues raised by a literature of exile, one born after an event that was experienced and interpreted as a "national catastrophe": the identity crisis (the Same), brought about by a violent confrontation with a new environment (the Other), the emergence of a new identity and the long process to integrate exile and the foreign space.

Author and literary critic Krikor Beledian has lived in Paris since 1967, and has become intimately aware of the Armenian literary scene in France. He is an accomplished writer of his own right, as well as, prolific critic. This work is a major addition to the study of Armenian literature with its in depth analysis of the various figures and periods in Armenian literature. Among those figures are Arshag Chobanian, Minas Cheraz, Shavarsh Missak:ian, Mguerditch Barsamian, Shavarsh Nartuni, Hratch Zartarian, and Vazken Shushanian, to name only a few.

Fifty Years of Armenian Literature in France is a work that provides a context for Armenian literature of the Diaspora, while at the same time focusing on the works of authors living in France.​

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 The titles below are featured authors and editors that have published their work through Fresno State.

The Mill offered people a chance to recreate themselves in the styles they had researched on their journeys of cultural discovery. The mountain village
atmosphere made it possible for someone without roots in a particular heritage to adopt one. The prevailing attitude was one of acceptance and
experimentation.  - Barry Olivier

In the 1960's, well before the internet became available, recordings of authentic traditional music were limited and other resources were yet to be invented.    Many of the people featured here  searched their own communities, the nation, and the globe for folk traditions.

For some people the passion was Appalachian fiddle and banjo music, Carter Family songs, blues, bluegrass, or shape note singing.  For others it was ethnic: Irish, Mexican, French, Greek, Balkan, Flamenco, Middle-Eastern, Cajun, or klezmer. Pilgrimages were made to find authentic fiddlers, banjo pickers,singers, cloggers.    Some travelers became amateur folklorists; others became revivalist

performers. Still others became professional  ethnomusicologists or dance troupe directors.

What is remarkable is that their paths crossed at Sweet’s Mill.

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Creative Arts and Literature ​​​​ Introducción a la lingüística forense: un libro de curso

By Gerald R. McMenamin

The aim of this book is to complement the recent work in forensic linguistics of various Spanish, Latin American, and Mexican researchers. The intent is to add to their findings data related to casework from Spanish language communities in the United States.

The author sets out to accomplish three objectives: review present research in the field, provide academic researchers and forensic experts alike with case examples in forensic linguistics, and make available a course book that will introduce university students to the field. This volume is organized according these objectives.

After examining the extralinguistic context of the present work, the author reviews the field of forensic linguistics as well as its practice as a forensic science. Two subsequent chapters cover the study of linguistic variation as observed in writing style in order to apply the analysis of style (stylistics) to forensic cases of questioned authorship. The remaining chapters present various case studies intended to model for students real world examples of how linguistic theory is applied in the practice of forensic linguistics.

ISBN-13:  978-06292799369

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Price:  $120 Soft Cover, Electronic $60

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​​​​My Name is Armen
Outside the lines

By Armen Bacon

I am sitting in my usual position, the bottom half of me planted on a battered swivel chair whose flimsy arms have propped me up and survived a full range of mood swings since 2003 when I began writing. Many of you have traveled with me, reading Volume I of this series - my rants and raves, the good, bad, and ugly - but nevertheless the stuff from which real life is made. It is early afternoon as I huddle in my creative space, a tiny alcove area nestled near the bad wall of the master bedroom. Invited to pen a twice-a-month column offering commentary on life’s journey and the world here at home, I pause in deep reflection. I am a story teller, a memory-keeper, but what, I quiz myself, should I write about first?​

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Here at The Press our mission is to publish great literature by both emerging and established voices, scholarly books that expand the horizons of human knowledge, and other works that promote the rich cultural heritage of California’s Central Valley.


Elotes con Sangre, the Journey Home, Photographs and ‘Nierikas’ (yarn paintings) of the Land of the Wixáritari, First Peoples, The Huichol Nation of Mexico. 1970
Edited by: Cindy Urrutia, Ph.D. & Juan Felipe Herrera, Poet Laureate of the United States

The fruits of Renacimiento, Revival Aztlán Collective is the exhibition Elotes con Sangre that consists of photographs of Huichol everyday life, the urban center of Tepic, the mountain village of El Colorín, and Nierikas (Huichol yarn paintings).  The photographs of Elotes con Sangre were taken by Juan Felipe Herrera and Lin Romero of the Renacimiento, Revival Aztlán Collective; the photographs of women and children were primarily taken by Romero, the rest by Herrera. The Nierikas were made by shamans Ramón Medina Silva and Guadalupe Rios de la Cruz (Lupe). Most Nierikas at the time Herrera visited El Colorín were made by shamans due to their cosmological and spiritual significance.  The style of Nierikas made in the late 1960s and 1970 no longer exists. This important transitional style between traditional pre-Columbian motifs and contemporary Huichol representation can be seen in this colorful catalog  highlighting the photos and the Nierikas, which are part of the Juan Felipe Herrera Huichol Yarn Paintings Collection, CSRC.A2016.001, courtesy of the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center.

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Road to Sweet's Mill

The West Coast Folk Music Revival in the 1960's & '70s

Interviews by Evo Bluestein

Edited by Evo  Bluestein and Juliana Harris

In Stranger in the Mirror, social psychologist Robert Levine offers a provocative, wide-ranging , and entertaining tour of the most personal and consequential of all land­ scapes: the entity we call our self. Who are we? Where is the boundary between ourselves and everything else? Are we all multiple personalities? And how can we control who we become? Levine tackles these questions with a combination of surprising stories, case studies, and cutting-edge research from biology, neuroscience, virtual reality, psycholo­ gy, and many other fields. The result challenges our assumptions about who we are and, most importantly, what we are capable of becoming. Transformation, Levine shows, is our human condition. Physically, our very cells are unrecognizable from one moment to the next. Cognitively, our self-perceptions are equally changeable: A single glitch can make us lose track of a body part, or of our entire body, or to confuse our very self with that of another person. Psychologically, we switch back and forth like quicksilver between incongruent , sometimes adversarial sub-selves. Socially, we appear to be little more than an ever-changing troupe of actors. And culturally, the boundaries of the self may stretch anywhere from the confines of one's body to an entire village. The self, it becomes clear, is a fiction-vague, arbitrary and utterly intangible. But it is also interminably fluid. And this, Levine argues, unleashes a world of potential. Fluidity creates malleability. And mal­leability creates possibilities. Engaging, informative, and ultimately liberating, Stranger in the Mirror will change how you think about your self-and what it might become.

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