A Millennium of Turkish Literature: A Concise History

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  • Copyright: 11/30/2010
  • Publisher: Syracuse Univ Pr

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From Orhon inscriptions to Orhan Pamuk, the story of Turkish literature from the eighth century A.D. to the present day is rich and complex, full of firm traditions and daring transformations. Spanning a wide geographic range from Outer Mongolia and the environs of China through the Middle East all the way to Europe, the history of Turkish literature embraces a multitude of traditions and influences. All have left their imprint on the distinctive amalgram that is uniquely Turkish. Always receptive to the nurturing values, aesthetic tastes, and literary penchants of diverse civilizations, Turkish culture succeeded in evolving a sui generis personality. It clung to its own established traits, yet it was flexible enough to welcome innovations-and even revolutionary change.

Author Biography

Talat S. Halman is professor and chairman of the Department of Turkish Literature at Bilkent University in Ankara. Formerly he was on the faculties of Columbia University, Princeton University, the University of Pennysylvania, and New York University. Halman is the author and editor of more than eighty books, including Nightingales and Pleasure Gardens, The Turkish Muse, and A Brave New Quest. He is also the editor of the Journal of Turkish Literature. Jayne L. Warner is the director of research at the Institute for Aegean Prehistory in Greenwich, Connecticut.

Table of Contents

Foreword A Time-Honored Literaturep. vii
Note on Turkish Spelling and Namesp. xi
The Dawn in Asiap. 1
Selšuk Sufismp. 11
Ottoman Gloriesp. 25
Timeless Talesp. 55
Occidental Orientationp. 63
Republic and Renascencep. 81
Afterword The Future of Turkish Literaturep. 133
Suggested Readingp. 139
Indexp. 155
Biographical Notesp. 169
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