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Routledge Handbook on Turkish Literature

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ISBN 9780367233181
March 21, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
424 Pages

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Book Description

This handbook provides a comprehensive overview of Turkish literature within both a local and global context.

Across eight thematic sections a collection of subject experts use close readings of literature materials to provide a critical survey of the main issues and topics within the literature. The chapters provide analysis on a wide range of genres and text types, including novels, poetry, religious texts and drama, with works studied ranging from the fourteenth century right up to the present day. Utilising such a historic scope allows the volume to be read across cultures and time, while simultaneously contextualising and investigating how modern Turkish literature interacts with world literature, and finds its place within it. Collectively, the authors challenge the national literary historiography by replacing the Ottoman Turkish literature in the Anatolian civilizations with its plurality of cultures. They also seek to overcome the institutional and theoretical shortcomings within current study of such works, suggesting new approaches and methods for the study of Turkish literature.

The Routledge Handbook on Turkish Literature marks a new departure in the reading and studying of Turkish literature. It will be a vital resource for those studying Literature, Middle East Studies, Turkish and Ottoman history, social sciences, and political science.

Table of Contents


Didem Havlioğlu & Zeynep Uysal

Part 1: Mystical Genesis

1. It All Starts with a Dream: The motif of Dream in Turkish Literature

Özgen Felek

2. Aşık Literature in Historical Context

Ali Karamustafa

3. Selfhood and Mystical Language in the Poetry of Yunus Emre

Zeynep Oktay

Part 2: Ottoman Poetics

4. Histories of Ottoman Literature from Periphery to Imperial Center

Oscar Aguirre-Mandujano

5. Gazel as Genre among the Ottoman Ruling Elite

Selim Kuru

6. Towards a Theory of Ottoman Allegory: Allegorical Narratives from Ḥüsn ü Dil to Ḥüsn ü ʿAşq

Berat Açıl

7. Human Voice Echoing in the Silence of God: Tevfik Fikret and Modern Ottoman Poetry

Deniz Aktan

Part 3: Cultures of Reading

8. Reading and Writing Practices in the Ottoman Empire

Irvin Cemil Schick

9. Rewriting as an Ottoman Translation Practice: Two Bīẖ-i Çīnī Translations by Sixteenth-Century Poets

Gülşah Taşkın

10. Narrative as the Literary Public: Reader and Author Figures in Modern Ottoman Turkish Literature (1866-1896)

Fatih Altuğ

Part 4: Women and Gender

11. Methodological Challenges in Late Ottoman and Turkish Literary Scholarship: Gender, Aesthetics, and Sociopolitical Contexts

Hülya Adak

12. Gender in Islamicate Ottoman Turkish Poetry

Didem Havlioglu

13. Gendered Narratives of Ottoman Prose Fiction: The ‘Wiles of Women’ Stories

Ipek Hüner Cora

14. Towards a Gynocritical Study of Turkish Fiction: Contemporary Turkish Women’s Literature (1950-1970)

Olcay Akyıldız

Part 5: Linguistic Diversity

15. Karamanlidika Literary Production in the Mid-Nineteenth Century

Şehnaz Şişmanoğlu

16. A Comparative Glimpse of the Early Steps of Novelistic Imagination in Turkish: Armeno-Turkish Novels of the 1850s and 1860s

Murat Cankara

17. Making the ‘Other’ Your Own: The Challenge of Modern Kurdish Literature Regarding Kurdish Voices in Turkish

Suat Baran and Ömer F. Yekdeş

Part 6: National identity

18. Modern Turkish Literary Historiography: Mehmet Fuat Köprülü and His Legacy

Halim Kara

19. Theatre as a Propagandist Tool from Late Ottoman to 1930s in Turkey

Esra Dicle

20. Imagining the Nation from the Street: Nationalism, Daily Life and Emotions in the Short Stories of Ömer Seyfettin

Erol Köroğlu

21. Humanist Translation and the Making of Modern Turkey

Fırat Oruç

Part 7: Literary Modernisms

22. Envisioning Modern Individual in the Late 19th Century Ottoman-Turkish Fiction

Zeynep Uysal

23. “We, Too, Are Oriental”: Nâzım Hikmet’s Futurist and Anti-Colonial Modernity

Kenan Sharpe

24. The Emergence and the End of an Endemic Genre in Turkish Literature: The Case of Village Novel in a Comparative Context

Erkan Irmak

25. Poetic Urbanism in Turkish Modernist Poetry: Dramatic Monologue in The Second New Wave

Veysel Öztürk

26. Laughter in the dark: The Modernist Avant-Garde Path in Turkish Literature

Murat Gülsoy

Part 8: Political Turmoils and Traumas

27. The Aufhebung of Traumatic Memory: Literary Responses to Military Coups in Turkey

Çimen Günay Erkol

28. Conflicting Ideologies, Competing Ideals: The Intellectual Types of the 1970s Turkish Novel

Burcu Alkan

29. The Grammar of Conspiracy in Orhan Pamuk’s Snow

Erdağ Göknar

Appendix: A Chronology

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Didem Havlioğlu is a literary historian working on women and gender in the Ottoman intellectual culture. She has published several articles both in Turkish and English. Her book Mihri Hatun: Performance, Gender-bending and Subversion in Early Modern Ottoman Intellectual History (2017), introduces Mihri Hatun (circa 1460-1515), the first woman writer in Ottoman history whose work survived in manuscript copies and contextualizes her work in the early modern intellectual culture. She is currently an Associate Professor of the Practice, teaching in the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at Duke University.

Zeynep Uysal is an Associate professor of modern Turkish Literature at Boğaziçi University. She received her B.A and M.A from the Department of Turkish Language and Literature at Boğaziçi University. She completed her PHD degree on Modern Turkish Literature at Marmara University. As a visiting scholar, she taught modern Turkish Literature and gave public lectures in the Oriental Institute at the University of Oxford between 2001-2003. She published a book entitled Olağanüstü Masaldan Çağdaş Anlatıya: Muhayyelât-ı Aziz Efendi [From Marvellous Tales to Modern Narratives: Aziz Efendi’s Imaginations] in 2006. She edited a book, entitled Edebiyatın Omzundaki Melek: Edebiyatın Tarihle İlişkisi Üzerine Yazılar, about the relationship between history and literature in 2011. Her recent book, Metruk Ev, on the leading modern Turkish writer Halit Ziya Uşaklıgil was published in 2014. She has also written extensively on various issues in modern Turkish literature, including the relationship between literature and space, literature and history, literature and nationalism in leading academic journals.