|Title||Aesthetics of Displacement: Turkey and its Minorities on Screen|
This is a 95,500 word monograph based on an award-winning PhD research (LSE Turkish Chair, Best Dissertation Award). It explores the relation between cinema and memory, with a focus on Turkey and its minorities, bringing taboo issues concerning the repression of ethnic and religious minorities into visibility.
The manuscript identifies five recurring themes and stylistic continuities: politics of language, silence, spatial relations, haunted narratives, and epistolary narratives. Following chapters each focus on significant events concerning ethnic minorities in contemporary Turkey and films that deal with these events: population exchange, Armenian genocide and the ongoing Kurdish resurgence in reaction to Turkish State’s policies of oppression. Each chapter looks at these events separately while establishing recurring themes and issues identified earlier in the book.
With the exception of chapter four, no part of this manuscript has been previously published. Part of chapter four reworks a previously published article (“Past Not-So-Perfect”) but is not a reproduction of it. While the said article focuses on the reception of the film Ararat, the manuscript chapter looks at a number of films in addition to "Ararat" with the aim of arguing for thematic and stylistic continuities in films dealing with displacement, as identified in chapter two of the manuscript.
The manuscript was made open access by "Knowledge Unlatched" in 2020.
|Keywords||Turkey, Minorities, Film, History, Memory|
|Published||28 Jan 2016|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||https://doi.org/10.5040/9781501306471|
|Web address (URL)||https://www.bloomsburycollections.com/book/aesthetics-of-displacement-turkey-and-its-minorities-on-screen/introduction?from=search|