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Animals, Plants, and Landscapes

An Ecology of Turkish Literature and Film, 1st Edition

Edited by Hande Gurses, Irmak Ertuna Howison


218 pages | 34 B/W Illus.

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The landscape of Turkey, with its trees and animals inspires narratives of survival, struggle and escape. Animals, Plants, and Landscapes: An Ecology of Turkish Literature and Film, will be the first major study to offer fresh theoretical insight into this landscape, by offering a collection of analyses of key texts of Turkish literature and cinema. Through discussion of both classical and contemporary works, this volume, paves the way for the formation of a ecocritical canon in Turkish literature and the rise of certain themes that are unique to Turkish experience. Snakes, fishermen and fish who catch men, porcupines contemplating on human agency, dogs exiled on an island and men who put dogs to fights, goat herders and windy steppes of Anatolia are all agents in a territory that constantly shifts. The essays included in this volume demonstrate the ways in which the crystallized relations between human and non-human form, break, and transform.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Critical Perspectives on Ecocriticism, World Literature, and Pedagogies

PART I: Anatolian Landscapes, History, Gender, and Trauma

1. "Once Upon a Time in Anatolia": The Enfolding-Unfolding Aesthetics of Confronting the Past in Turkey

Özgün Eylül İşcen

2. Grape Gatherers and Goat Herders: The Portrayal of Anatolian Village Women’s Interaction with the Natural Environment in Contemporary Turkish Film

Jeannette Okur

PART 2: Non-Human Subjectivities

3. Human Violence, Nature and Poetry in Murathan Mungan’s Şair’in Romanı (The Poet’s Novel)

Canan Şavkay

4. Rethinking the Subject, Reimagining Worlds in Bilge Karasu’s A Long Day’s Evening and Sema Kaygusuz’s The Sultan and the Poet

Deniz Gündoğan İbrişim

5. Writing Beyond the Species Boundary: Bilge Karasu’s The Garden of Departed Cats and Sema Kaygusuz’s Wine and Gold

Özlem Öğüt Yazicioğlu And Ezgi Hamzaçebi

PART 3: Animals of/as Sovereignty

6. Dogs of Modernity

E. Khayyat

7. Violence and the Validation of Male Identities Through Canine Others in Kaan Mujdeci’s Sivas (2014) and Emin Alper’s Frenzy (Abluka, 2015)

Zeynep Şahintürk

8. Encounter with Snakes in Fakir Baykurt’s Yılanların Öcü (Revenge of the Snakes)

Şule Akdoğan

About the Editors

Hande Gurses is a lecturer at the Comparative Literature Program, University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Irmak Ertuna Howison received her PhD in Comparative Literature from Binghamton University. Her teaching and research interests include feminist crime fiction, science fiction and fantasy, literary theory and criticism.

About the Series

Perspectives on the Non-Human in Literature and Culture

In recent years, many disciplines within the humanities have become increasingly concerned with non-human actors and entities. The environment, animals, machines, objects, weather, and other non-human beings and things have taken center stage to challenge assumptions about what we have traditionally called "the human." Informed by theoretical approaches like posthumanism, the new materialisms, (including Actor Network Theory, Object-Oriented Ontology, and similar approaches) ecocriticism, and critical animal studies, such scholarship has until now had no separate and identifiable collective home at an academic press. This series will provide that home, publishing work that shares a concern with the non-human in literary and cultural studies. The series invites single-authored books and essay collections that focus primarily on literary texts, but from an interdisciplinary, theoretically-informed perspective; it will include work that crosses geographical and period boundaries. Titles are characterized by dynamic interventions into established subjects and innovative studies on emerging topics.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LITERARY CRITICISM / European / General
LITERARY CRITICISM / Subjects & Themes / Nature
PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / History & Criticism