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Title: The Encyclopaedia of Istanbul : a novel ; &, Ottoman crossroads : coffeehouses, politics, theatres and storytelling : critical essays
Author: Cizakca, Defne
ISNI:       0000 0004 5365 266X
Awarding Body: University of Glasgow
Current Institution: University of Glasgow
Date of Award: 2015
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This Creative Writing PhD consists of a novel, The Encyclopaedia of Istanbul, and accompanying critical essays, Ottoman Crossroads: Coffeehouses, Politics, Theatres and Storytelling. The Encyclopaedia of Istanbul is historical in nature, and magically real in temperament. It is an account of fin de siècle Constantinopolis, and contains forgotten fairy tales, remnants of an ancient manuscript culture, Armenian playwrights, Turkish feminists, Greek fortune-tellers and Sephardim cantors. It tells the tale of six intersecting lives in 1876, a time known as “the year of the three Sultans” in Ottoman history. This period was filled with tensions between traditionalism and Westernization, but also new political possibilities forwarded by the Young Ottomans. While the characters in The Encyclopaedia of Istanbul are fictitious, they are inspired by historical events and figures. The second element of my PhD, Ottoman Crossroads, is made up of four individual essays that focus on selected themes from the novel. They scrutinize, in order of presentation, the history of coffeehouse culture, the secretive society of the Young Ottomans and their political thought, the formation of Armenian-Turkish theatre, and the rediscovery of Ottoman fairy tales. Whilst the novel and essays are coherent independently, they also link to each other in ways that are sometimes direct, and at other times subtle.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
Keywords: BH Aesthetics ; CB History of civilization ; D History (General) ; DE The Mediterranean Region. The Greco-Roman World ; GR Folklore ; HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform ; NX Arts in general ; PI Oriental languages and literatures ; PN Literature (General) ; PN2000 Dramatic representation. The Theater ; PR English literature