The Reception of Dante in Turkey through the Long Nineteenth Century*

Cüneyd Okay

in Dante in the Long Nineteenth Century

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199584628
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191739095 | DOI:
The Reception of Dante in Turkey through the Long Nineteenth Century*

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This chapter traces the growth of an interest in Dante against the background of new cultural directions and the problems of westernization in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Turkey. Dante's introduction into Turkey coincides with the period where efforts at westernization, especially under the influence of France, began. Through works translated from French, new genres such as novels, short stories, and contemporary poetry became known and started to develop in Turkish literature, along with traditional literary genres. Although newspapers and journals initially played a significant role in this process, more translations of books came to be published in the last quarter of the century. Hence, the Ottoman public became first acquainted with Dante through translations from French.

Keywords: Dante; culture; westernization; France; Turkish literature

Chapter.  5416 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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