Writing Turkey in British Literary and Travel Narratives (1914-1945)

Location: Turkey (main site), Britain (additional research)

Year(s): 2017-2018

Research Fellow: Dr Peter Cherry

Funding: BIAA

Under BIAA SRI(s):

  • Anglo-Turkish Relations in the Twentieth Century
  • Migration, minorities and regional identities
  • Cultural heritage, society and economy in Turkey

Summary: This project asks how British literary and travel texts engage with the disintegration of the Ottoman Empire and the socio-political transformations of early Republican-era Turkey. Drawing on a mixture of high-brow and popular literary and travel narratives by figures such as John Buchan, Agatha Christie, Virginia Woolf, Rose Macaulay, Harold Nicolson, Graham Greene, Gertrude Bell and Eric Ambler, the project focuses on themes such as gender/sexuality, religion, cultural exchange, and race and ethnicity. Through these, this project examines the impact that the end of the multi-ethnic Ottoman Empire (frequently an ‘Orient’ against which Britain defined itself in counter-image) and the modernising and secularising reforms of the Turkish Republic had upon literary and textual representations of ‘Turks’ and Turkey.

Belongs to;
Contemporary Turkish Society & Politics
History, Politics and Social Sciences
International & Regional Relations

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