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Title: Silent female characters in the new cinema of Turkey : gender, nation and the past
Author: Guclu, Ozlem
Awarding Body: SOAS, University of London
Current Institution: SOAS, University of London
Date of Award: 2012
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This study focuses on the silent female characters in the new cinema of Turkey. Its main objective is to explore these characters in order to reveal the functions and formations of this newly emergent and frequently used female representational form after the mid-1990s. This study sought to investigate two central questions: what are the functions and operations of these silent characters, and why did this silent representational form emerge specifically in this time frame? My analyses demonstrate that the silent female characters always bear a function of instrumentality and expose, one way or another, a close association between point of view and discursive authority in the films studied. Furthermore, I suggested that the silence of female characters is a cinematic symptom of the on-going struggle over the disrupted orders of gender, nation and national memory due to an increase in thus-far silenced or marginalised voices in Turkey. I argued that the silent form also functions as an instrument to reveal crises in hegemonic power positions and becomes a battleground within a struggle for (re)obtaining a position of discursive authority in the realms of gender, nation and past. The silent form in itself becomes an instrument on the discursive level which enables a response to these crises in these three interconnected realms.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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