By Philipp Wirtz
The interval among the Eighteen Eighties and the Nineteen Twenties was once a time of momentous alterations within the Ottoman Empire. It used to be additionally an age of literary experiments, of which autobiography kinds an element. This booklet analyses Turkish autobiographical narratives describing the a part of their authors’ lives that used to be spent whereas the Ottoman Empire nonetheless existed. The texts studied during this publication have been written within the cultural context of the Turkish Republic, which went to nice lengths to disassociate itself from the empire and its legacy. This technique has in simple terms been criticised and in part reversed in very fresh instances, the resurging curiosity in autobiographical texts facing the "old days" by way of the Turkish studying public being a part of a much broader, renewed regard for Ottoman legacies.
Among the analysed texts are autobiographies by way of writers, reporters, squaddies and politicians, together with classics like Halide Edip Ad?var and ?evket Süreyya Aydemir, but in addition texts by means of authors nearly unknown to Western readers, reminiscent of Ahmed Emin Yalman.
While the legit Turkish republican discourse went in the direction of a dismissal of the imperial prior, autobiographical narratives supply a extra balanced photo. From the earliest stories and private origins of the authors, to the clash and violence that overshadowed inner most lives within the final years of the Ottoman Empire, this ebook goals at exhibiting examples of the way the authors painted what one in every of them referred to as "images of a previous world."
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Depicting the Late Ottoman Empire in Turkish Autobiographies: Images of a Past World (Life Narratives of the Ottoman Realm: Individual and Empire in the Near East) by Philipp Wirtz