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Conclusion: On the Literary Common

Nergis Ertürk

in Grammatology and Literary Modernity in Turkey

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199746682
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199918775 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199746682.003.0006
Conclusion: On the Literary Common

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The conclusion suggests that if the history of Turkish phonocentrism is in some sense a “mad” attempt to control communicability, Tanpınar’s, Safa’s, and Nâzım’s work recasts that history for the affirmation of the impropriety of the Turkish language. The social promise of the “strange institution called literature” is not the promise of a dazzling spectacle of cultural diversity exhibited on a world stage, or that of a fetishistically rigorous “research” serving the ends of imperial conquest. The promise of literature is rather the practice of an alternative, non-identarian relation with the vernacular, cognizant and affirmative of linguistic and social difference.

Keywords: literary communism; Turkish language politics; monolingualism; plurilingualism

Chapter.  1762 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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