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Title: Remembering the past performing the present : Turkey in film
Author: Koksal, Fatma Ozlem
Awarding Body: Birkbeck (University of London)
Current Institution: Birkbeck (University of London)
Date of Award: 2011
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This thesis looks at the relationship between memory, history and cinema in the case of Turkey from a 'transnational' perspective, investigating how cinema has responded aesthetically to the issues created by the unresolved past. It focuses on films made in late 1990s onwards with the objective to explore the relation between cinema and collective memory in Turkey. The thesis pays close attention to the depiction of memory and language and the ways in which the geographies of minority experience affect both narrative and cinematic space. The analysis carried out in this thesis locates, what is often referred as, the 'new cinema of Turkey' within the specific context of Turkish history, particularly in relation to the troubled relationship between the concept of unified citizenship and Turkey's unassimilated minorities. Treating displacement as the structuring condition of the 'now' of these films, this study focuses on films that bring taboo issues of the repression of minorities into visibility that result from a gradual ideological shift towards an acknowledgement of the political validity of minority identity and its subjectivities. While the first half of this thesis historically contextualises the argument and identifies recurring themes and motifs in the films examined, the second half focuses on selected events and their representations in film: minorities in Turkey and the affects of Turkifying policies, the massacre of Armenians in 1915 and its denial in contemporary Turkey, and finally the ongoing struggle of Kurds for the recognition of their rights are each examined separately in relation to their representation in film. It is argued throughout this thesis that political and social context, in which these films emerge, influence, and to a certain extend determine, the aesthetics of the image.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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