Arşaguhi Teotig

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Arşaguhi Teotig

Born in Istanbul in 1875. The daughter of an important 19th century printer and publisher Bedros Cezveciyan, Arşaguhi Teotig [Cezveciyan] completed her primary education in Istanbul. She did her higher education in England and France and married the famous writer Teotig (Teotoros Lapçinciyan). From 1907 until 1929, she helped his husband issue the famous Amenu Daretsuytsı (Everyone's Yearbook). This yearbook that she contributed until 1923 is an important work circulated in Istanbul, Paris, Venice and Vienna. As it published the works of leading Armenian authors, its new issues were eagerly awaited by the Armenian community.

Arşaguhi also worked for various newspapers, including Daretsuytsı's Amenun Teotig. Inspired by Sırpuhi Düsap's activities in women communities and understanding of literature, Teotig published her impressions and memories of the 1909 Adana massacre a year later (1910) under the title Amis mı Giligya (A Month in Cilicia) in Istanbul. French translation of the book was published in 1920 under the name Témoignages inédits sur les atrocités turques commisses en Arménie. She worked actively in associations "Hayuhyats Ingerutyun" (Armenian Women's Association) and "Dignants Miutyun" (Women's Association). In 1911, her book Arti Paroyakidutyunı (Modern Morality) was published. Her husband Teotig was deported from Istanbul in 1915. He escaped death by working as a laborer under a fake name in the tunnels of the Taurus Mountains. Due to the poor conditions and ill treatment she suffered during her husband's exile, the author had tuberculosis and eventually died on 2 January 1922, in Lausanne, to where she had gone for treatment.

Bibliography

  • Ekmekçioğlu, Lerna-Melissa Bilal, der. Bir Adalet Feryadı, Osmanlı’dan Türkiye’ye Beş Ermeni Feminist Yazar (1862-1933). İstanbul: Aras, 2006.
  • Rowe, Victoria. A History of Armenian Women’s Writing: 1880-1922. London: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2003.

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