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Rapture and Revolution
Essays on Turkish Literature

Talat S. Halman
Edited by Jayne L. Warner

Cloth $59.95s    |    978-0-8156-3146-0    |    2007

A stimulating collection of important essays and articles exploring the development of the Turkish literary tradition.

The articles contained in this volume collectively provide a critical overview of Turkish literature from its earliest phases in the sixth century through the Republican period, with pieces detailing literature from the Ottoman Empire to essays dealing with Turkish Literature and Europeanization. In so doing, the author illustrates the evolution of Turkish culture as reflected in the literary experience.

Exploring specific genres and themes, several articles focus on the development of drama from Karagöz and Orta oyunu to contemporary Western theater, the propaganda functions of poetry, and the important role of folk literature. In addition, the volume focuses on some of the leading figures of Turkish literature, from Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi, Yunus Emre, and Süleyman the Magnificent to Sait Faik and modern poets such as Nazim Hikmet, Orhan Veli Kanik, and Melih Cevdet Anday. Whether read together or individually, these articles give Western readers a broad and long overdue entry into the rich landscape of traditional and contemporary Turkish literature and culture. For scholars, it is an invaluable resource for courses on Turkish literature and culture.

Talat 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, UPenn, and NYU. Halman is author and editor of more than seventy books, including Contemporary Turkish Literature, Modern Turkish Drama, and Süleyman the Magnificent Poet. He is editor of the Journal of Turkish Literature. Jayne L. Warner is director of research at the Institute for Aegean Prehistory in Greenwich, Connecticut.

Jayne L. Warner is director of research at the Institute for Aegean Prehistory in Greenwich, Connecticut.

6 1/2 x 9 1/8, 390 pages

Rapture and Revolution Essays on Turkish Literature

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