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Global perspectives on Orhan Pamuk : existentialism and politics /
edited by Mehnaz M. Afridi and David M. Buyze.
edition
1st ed.
imprint
New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.
description
xviii, 206 p. ; 23 cm.
ISBN
0230114113 (hardback), 9780230114111 (hardback)
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Book
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imprint
New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.
isbn
0230114113 (hardback)
9780230114111 (hardback)
abstract
"This book explores both existential and political themes in Orhan Pamuk's work, and investigates the apparent contradictions in a contemporary political arena where Islam and democracy are often seen as opposing and irreconcilable terms. Existential themes delve into literary nuances in Pamuk that discuss love, happiness, suffering, memory, and death"--
catalogue key
8405927
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Mehnaz M. Afridi is an assistant professor of Religious Studies and the Director of The Holocaust, Genocide, and Interfaith Education Center at Manhattan College. She is the author of the forthcoming Shoah through Muslim Eyes and has published essays in Sacred Tropes: Tanakh, New Testament, and the Qur'an as Literature and Culture and Not Your Father's Anti-Semitism: Hatred of the Jews in the Twenty-first Century. David M. Buyze is a member of online faculty at The University of Vermont. His essays have appeared in the Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Religion and Spiritual Identities: Literature and the Post-Secular Imagination. He was a fellow at the Schusterman Institute for Israel Studies at Brandeis University in summer 2011 and the NEH Summer Institute in Venice, Italy in 2008.
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2012-12-01:
The 13, mostly younger, scholars who contributed to this collection approach the translated novels of Turkish writer Pamuk (b. 1952) in a relentlessly postmodern style. The book has neither an overall argument to shape the text nor a conclusion, so the essays cohere only through the editors' groupings. Part 1, "Pamuk between Worlds," contrasts Pamuk's works with those of Hamid, Mahfouz, and Svevo; part 2, "Pamuk's Textual Diversity," explores Pamuk's narrative strategies. Interesting here is a comparison of Kerouac's On the Road with Pamuk's The New Life. Part 3, "Pamuk's Snow," is devoted entirely to that novel, and notable is a comparison of Snow with Amitav Ghosh's In an Antique Land. Part 4, "Pamuk and Translation/Untranslation," includes two essays, the first an analysis of the two English translations of The Black Book, the only one of Pamuk's novels translated twice. The last essay, "Occulted Texts: Pamuk's Untranslated Novels," is an informative walk-through of Pamuk's first two novels, untranslated in keeping with the author's wishes. Better copyediting could have eliminated the numerous oddities of English that crop up. The heavy use of postmodern jargon and analytic frames limits the book's audience to specialists in Middle Eastern and/or comparative literature. Summing Up: Recommended. With reservations. Graduate students. W. L. Hanaway emeritus, University of Pennsylvania
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Summaries
Main Description
Global Perspectives on Orhan Pamuk is an interdisciplinary collection of essays that explores Pamuk's multifaceted approach to ordinary Turkish life. The contributors of this volume come from an array of international perspectives that place the reading of Pamuk into dynamic arenas of new interpretation and reflection. The themes of existentialism and politics are examined in illuminating essays through connections to nationalism, religion/secularity, traditional/modern, exile/home, and comparative readings of writers as Mohsin Hamid, Naguib Mahfouz, Italo Svevo, and Amitav Ghosh. This is an indispensable collection for understanding Pamuk, global literature, and crucial issues in today's world.
Bowker Data Service Summary
This work explores existential and political themes in Orhan Pamuk's work and investigates the apparent contradictions in an arena where Islam and democracy are often seen as opposing and irreconcilable terms.
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Explores themes of Islam and democracy in Orhan Pamuk's work that discuss love, happiness, suffering, memory, and death
Library of Congress Summary
"This book explores both existential and political themes in Orhan Pamuk's work, and investigates the apparent contradictions in a contemporary political arena where Islam and democracy are often seen as opposing and irreconcilable terms. Existential themes delve into literary nuances in Pamuk that discuss love, happiness, suffering, memory, and death"--
Table of Contents
Note from the Editorp. ix
Acknowledgments xi
Foreword: Pamuk and No Endp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
Pamuk between Worlds
Modern Postcolonial Intersections: Hamid, Mahfouz, and Pamukp. 9
Tensions in the Nation: Pamuk and Svevop. 25
Pamuk's Textual Diversity
Mirroring Istanbulp. 47
Problematizing East-West Essentialisms: Discourse, Authorhood, and Identity Crisis in Orhan Pamuk's Beyaz Kale [The White Castle]p. 63
Framing My Name Is Red: Reading a Masterpiecep. 75
On the Road or between the Pages: Seeking Life's Answersp. 91
Pamuk's Snow
The Imagined Exile: Orhan Pamuk in His Novel Snowp. 109
Silence, Secularism, and Fundamentalism in Snowp. 125
The Spell of the West in Orhan Pamuk's Snow and Amitav Ghosh's In an Antique Landp. 141
Pamuk and Translation/Untranslation
Orhan Pamuk's Kara Kitap [The Black Book]: A Double Life in Englishp. 159
Occulted Texts: Pamuk's Untranslated Novelsp. 177
Notes on Contributorsp. 199
Indexp. 203gnjbgtui
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