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Seminar: A Strangeness in My Mind: Modern Turkish Fiction, with Nicholas Birns

Wednesday, September 21, 2022 - 11:00 AM Wednesday, October 19, 2022 - 11:00 AM Wednesday, November 2, 2022 - 11:00 AM Wednesday, November 16, 2022 - 11:00 AM
On the Zoom Meetings platform | for members only | $75 for the four sessions | registration required

Modern Turkish fiction faced the challenge of not just representing twentieth century life but in doing so in a new alphabet and a radically reformed language. Nostalgia and innovation, trauma and rebellion coexist in these vitally conceived worlds. Ranging from the stars to the meditative, the tragic to the dryly humorous, these acclaimed writers canvass new dimensions of literary experience. They offer an opportunity to see how a seemingly peripheral cultural area is in fact at the center of literary developments in the past hundred years.

Books for this seminar:
Ahmet Hamdi Tanpinar, The Time Regulation Institute (tr. Alexander Dawe and Maureen Freely)
Yashar Kemal, Memed, My Hawk, (tr. Édourd Roditi) 
Orhan Pamuk, A Strangeness in My Mind (tr. Ekim Oklap)
Elif Shafak, The Three Daughters of Eve (written originally in English

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