Arpine Khatchadourian


Arpine Khatchadourian (1925-2012) completed her primary education at Sts. Tarkmanchatz, the Armenian St. James Patriarchate School, and her secondary education at a British High School, both in Jerusalem, Palestine during the British Mandate. After graduating, she taught at Sts. Tarkmanchatz for eight years. In 1950, she married Haig Khatchadourian. The following year, she taught at the Melkonian Institute in Nicosia, Cyprus. The couple then resided in Beirut, Lebanon, where she received her Associate in Arts Degree at the Beirut College for Women in 1953 and taught for several years at the AGBU Tarouhie-Hagopian Secondary School in Beirut. After she and her family emigrated to the United States in 1967, she continued her studies and received a Bachelor of Arts degree summa cum laude and Master of Arts in Comparative Literature, with Honors, and completed all work for her PhD in English and American Literature at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, except for her dissertation. While a student, she was inducted into Phi Kappa Phi, a national academic honor society. She taught in both the UW-Milwaukee Department of Comparative Literature and English Department. She also taught "Armenian: An Uncommonly Taught Language" in the UW-Milwaukee Linguistics Department for several years. She received a Teaching Excellence Award from the UW-Milwaukee English Department in the 1985-86 academic year. Khatchadourian retired in 1997 after forty-seven years of teaching that included primary, secondary, high school, and university instruction. The Armenian language and literature, world mythology, and comparative literature were her vocation and avocation. David of Sassoun: An Introduction to the Study of the Armenian Epic is based on original research material. Her essay, "The Oath and the Curse as a Source of Action in David of Sassoun" was published in David of Sassoun: Critical Studies on the Armenian Epic by DIckran Kouymjian and Barlow Der Mugrdechian  (2013).

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