Social and Political Trends in 19th Century Turkish Literature
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- Course Not Running 2015/2016
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- Full Year
This course covers the impact of western thought on Turkish intellectual life during the Tanzimat period and the emergence of a new social and political order in the Empire, as seen in the writings of the period. Literary works of the era 1860-1920 are read for their linguistic content, social and historical interest and literary merit.
This course shares teaching hours with the BA course in Turkish literature of the Tanzimat and late nineteenth century.
The prerequisite is an appropriate level of competence in Turkish language.
Objectives and learning outcomes of the course
At the end of the course students will be able to:
- evaluate and analyse the intellectual history surrounding the development of modern Turkish literature from the 1950s onwards
- apply a range of critical and theoretical approaches to the textual analysis and interpretation of specific texts from Turkih literature
- analyse and interpret specific works of Turkish literature against the socio-historical and cultural context of the time in which the works were produced, as well as against present day academic contexts
- evaluate the role of literature in Turkish society and culture
- demonstrate critical insight into the formation of the literary canon both within the nation-state and post-national contexts
WorkloadTwo hours of teaching are shared with BA students and there is one additional hour of Masters-tailored tuition per week.
Scope and syllabus
The course starts with a survey of the impact of the Tanzimat reforms on Ottoman society and institutions. The impact of newspapers on literary life and individual writers is examined in conjunction with the adaptations of Western style literary genres such as the novel and drama. The transitional nature of the poetry of the time is studied extensively. The emergence of the movement for a simplification of the language is studied through works in both prose and poetry.
Method of assessmentAssessment is by coursework and written examination in May-June.
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