Nancy Agabian on Queered, Cultural Identity, and A New Novel


December 1, 2011

Nancy Agabian, author of Me as her again: True Stories of an Armenian Daughter, recently completed five chapters of the first draft of “The Fear of Large and Small Nations”, a nonfiction novel which tells the stories of a relationship with a much younger Armenian man while offering social and political critique of corruption, conformism and social change in the U.S. and Armenia. Composed of blog posts and journal entries between Yerevan and Queens, the book explores what freedom means in an unconventional marriage scrutinized by conservative relatives, baffled friends, and the Department of Homeland Security. You can hear an excerpt of the second draft at the Boundless Tales Reading Series, one of the only reading series in the borough of Queens.

Nancy Agabian Reading from “The Fear of Large and Small Nations”
December 15, 7:30 PM
Waltz-Astoria
23-14 Ditmars Blvd.
Astoria, NY

Agabian’s topic-based English composition course on Cultural Identity, which she designed for students at Queens College, has proven a valuable resource for other professors. She notes, “It’s been enlightening to explore with my students issues of weighing pride against discrimination, and openness against insularity, which I detailed on a personal level in my memoir, Me as her again: True Stories of an Armenian Daughter.”

We’ll let Nancy Agabian have the last word on another exciting project:

I’m excited and proud to be involved with the publication of Queered: What’s To Be Done With Xcentric Art, a book which documents the activities of Queering Yerevan (formerly WOW) for the past four years, including art and correspondence among a constantly shifting collective of queer-identified Armenian women activists, artists and writers. You read a great review here.


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