Abstract

Abstract:

In Draining the Sea, Micheline Aharonian Marcom brings the case of the Armenian Genocide in conversation with the genocide of the Gabrielino/Tongva in Los Angeles and the genocide of the Maya Ixil during the Guatemalan Civil War. Specifically, Marcom depicts a narrator who participates in connective memory work in the context of settler colonialism. In making these connections, the narrator disrupts nation-state silencing of collective violence in the homeland, at home, and close to home. Through an analysis of Marcom’s novel, this essay revisits the rubric of colonial unknowing and brings it into the fold of contemporary cultural memory studies.

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