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Modernism Disfigured: Turkish Literature and the “Other West”

Nergis Ertürk

in The Oxford Handbook of Global Modernisms

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780195338904
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195338904.013.0022

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 Modernism Disfigured: Turkish Literature and the “Other West”

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Turkey constitutes something of an aporia on the critical-modernist typological grid. The problem presented by the idea of “Turkish modernism” involves the possibility of addressing the absence of an authentic Turkish modernism within national-critical discourse itself. While Turkey certainly has generated various recognizably modernist aesthetic practices, these have certainly not coalesced into a contemporaneous, continuous modernist movement that can neatly be aligned with transnationalized modernisms derived from European and Euro-American orbits of influence. This article explores the alliance between conservatism and the “other West” in the writings of Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar, Ismayil Hakkı Baltacıoĝlu, and Necip Fazıl Kısakürek.

Keywords: Turkish modernism; transnationalized modernisms; Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar; Ismayil Hakkı Baltacıoĝlu; Necip Fazıl Kısakürek; Turkish conservatism

Article.  11086 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Theory and Cultural Studies ; Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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