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Uncoupling Language and Religion

An Exploration into the Margins of Turkish Literature

This book is an invitation to rethink our understanding of Turkish literature as a tale of two "others." The first part of the book examines the contributions of non-Muslim authors, the "others" of modern Turkey, to the development of Turkish literature during the late Ottoman and early republican period, focusing on the works of largely forgotten authors. Les mer
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This book is an invitation to rethink our understanding of Turkish literature as a tale of two "others." The first part of the book examines the contributions of non-Muslim authors, the "others" of modern Turkey, to the development of Turkish literature during the late Ottoman and early republican period, focusing on the works of largely forgotten authors. The second part discusses Turkey as the "other" of the West and the way authors writing in Turkish challenged orientalist representations. Thus this book prepares the ground for a history of literature which uncouples language and religion and recreates the spaces of dialogue and exchange that have existed in late Ottoman Turkey between members of various ethno-religious communities.

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Innholdsfortegnelse

Preface
Acknowledgements
A Note on Conventions
Introduction: In the Footsteps of Baha Tevfik
Part One: Rethinking Literature in Turkish
1. The Revolution of the Letters
2. The Roses of the Anatolian Garden
3. The "Refuse and Ruins" of Literary History
4. Beyond Atala: Vartan Pasha, Zafer Hanim, and the Romantic Rebellion
5. "La lengua ke se avla aki": Jewish Literature in "the Language Spoken Here"
Part Two: Challenging Orientalism
6. Samuel Hirsch, Namik Kemal, and Orientalism
7. Ali Kemal's Forgotten Adventure in the Desert
8. Nazim Hikmet and the Demystification of the East
Conclusion: To Do or Not to Do God: On Transgression, Literature and Religion
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Om forfatteren

Laurent Mignon is Associate Professor of Turkish at the University of Oxford and a fellow of the Middle East Centre at Saint Antony's College. His research interests range from minority literatures in late Ottoman Turkey to literary engagements with non-Abrahamic religions in a Turkish context.