Grammatology and Literary Modernity in Turkey

Paperback | October 9, 2013

byNergis Erturk

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The 1928 Turkish alphabet reform replacing the Perso-Arabic script with the Latin phonetic alphabet is an emblem of Turkish modernization. Grammatology and Literary Modernity in Turkey traces the history of Turkish alphabet and language reform from the mid-nineteenth to the mid-twentiethcentury, examining its effects on modern Turkish literature. In readings of the novels, essays, and poetry of Ahmed Midhat, Recaizade Mahmud Ekrem, Omer Seyfeddin, Ahmet Hamdi Tanpinar, Peyami Safa, and Nazim Hikmet, Nergis Erturk argues that modern Turkish literature is profoundly self-conscious ofdramatic change in its own historical conditions of possibility. Where literary historiography has sometimes idealized the Turkish language reforms as the culmination of a successful project of Westernizing modernization, Erturk suggests a different critical narrative: one of the consolidation ofcontrol over communication, forging a unitary nation and language from a pluralistic and multilingual society.

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The 1928 Turkish alphabet reform replacing the Perso-Arabic script with the Latin phonetic alphabet is an emblem of Turkish modernization. Grammatology and Literary Modernity in Turkey traces the history of Turkish alphabet and language reform from the mid-nineteenth to the mid-twentiethcentury, examining its effects on modern Turkish ...

Nergis Erturk is Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature at Penn State University.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:October 9, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199349770

ISBN - 13:9780199349777

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AcknowledgmentsA Note on Translation, Transliteration, and UsagePreface: Nationalism, Comparatism, and the Colonization of the OutsideIntroduction: Be or Die: The Stakes of PhonocentrismPart I -- Failed Revolution1. Words Set Free2. The Grammatology of NationalismPart II -- Other Writings3. The Time Regulation Institute: Dwelling in a Mechanized Language4. Safa's Translation and Its Remainders5. NfzWorks CitedIndex