LECTURE: Rethinking Gender and Travel Writing: British and Turkish Women in Transcultural Dialogue at the Turn of the Twentieth Century

28 November 2018 19:00 to 21:00 | Ankara

The British Institute at Ankara, The British Institute at Ankara, Wolfson Foundation Conference Room, 06690

A BIAA Lecture by Peter Cherry (Assistant Professor in the Department of Turkish Literature at Bilkent University - BIAA postdoctoral Fellow 2017-18. 

Discussant: Şima İmşir (Assistant Professor, Istanbul Şehir University)

Summary of Event: In scholarship on the literary commerce between Western Europe and the Ottoman Empire, the voices of women writers have traditionally been marginalised. In this talk, Peter Cherry reclaims such voices and their transcultural literary exchanges by examining the conversation between two women writers who challenged ‘East’ and ‘West’ binaries at the turn of the century. The encounter between Hadidjé Zennour and Grace Ellison lead to a number of literary collaborations, including the mutual editing of writing projects aimed at both British and Turkish reading audiences. Ellison was instrumental in the publication of Hadidje Zenour’s A Turkish Woman’s European Impressions (1913; under the Anglicised pseudonym Zeynep Hanoum); while Zeynep Hanoum contributed to Ellison’s writing on Turkey in her volume An Englishwoman in a Turkish Harem (1915). 

Peter Cherry (BA Goldsmiths,  MSc & PhD University of Edinburgh) is Assistant Professor in the Department of Turkish Literature at Bilkent University. Before joining Bilkent, Peter held a postdoctoral fellowship at the British Institute at Ankara where he began his ongoing research into British-Turkish literary exchange in the twentieth century. His monograph entitled Muslim Masculinities: Migration and Transcultural Identity in Britainis due to be published by I.B. Tauris in 2021.

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