Literary Urban Studies

Right to the City Novels in Turkish Literature from the 1960s to the Present

Authors: Buket Cengiz, N.

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  • Extends scholarship on Turkish literature in English
  • Identifies literary representations of the urban gentrification process in global cities
  • Presents new insights into urban studies and migration studies
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Right to the City Novels in Turkish Literature from the 1960s to the Present analyses the representation of rural migration to Istanbul in literature, placing Henri Lefebvre’s concept of the right to the city at the centre of the argument. Using a framework of critical urban theory, the book examines Orhan Kemal’s Gurbet Kuşları [The Homesick Birds] (1962); Muzaffer İzgü’s Halo Dayı ve İki Öküz [Uncle Halo and Two Oxen] (1973); Latife Tekin’s Berci Kristin Çöp Masalları [Berji Kristin: Tales From the Garbage Hills] (1984); Metin Kaçan’s Ağır Roman [Heavy Roman(i)] (1990); Ayhan Geçgin’s Kenarda [On the Periphery] (2003); Hatice Meryem’s İnsan Kısım Kısım, Yer Damar Damar [It Takes All Kinds] (2008); and Orhan Pamuk’s Kafamda Bir Tuhaflık [A Strangeness in My Mind] (2014) in the historical context as regards rural migration to Istanbul, urbanization of migrants, and anti-migrant nostalgia. Situating these works as a counterpoint to nostalgic novels and categorising them as right to the city novels, the book aims to offer a conceptual framework that can be implemented on internal as well as international migration in other global(ising) cities; and on cultural products other than literature, such as film.

About the authors

N. Buket Cengiz is Lecturer at Kadir Has University, Istanbul, Turkey.

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“The conceptualization of migration and urban integration as an interactive process between the real and the imagined would open up new channels of dialogue between cultural and literary studies and recent approaches to urban studies such as Assemblage and/or Actor Network Theory. On the other hand, the rich interpretive critical analysis and comparisons would produce useful insights and keywords for those who wish to study the same texts with the new tools of digital humanities such as text mining pattern recognition. Right to the City Novels in Turkish Literature from the 1960s to the Present will, in all likelihood, be an invaluable reference for all those students who wish to formulate new research questions in urban and cultural studies in general and in the field of migration studies in particular.” (Murat Güvenç, Director of Istanbul Studies Center, Kadir Has University, Istanbul) 

“N. Buket Cengiz analyses, with refreshing clarity, the extremely dynamic, sophisticated, and impressive representations of rural to urban migrants in modern Turkish novel. The narratological close readings of seven novels, are enriched with an interpretation based on associations with sociology, political science, history, and urban studies of modern Turkey. Cengiz’s clever and satisfying work shows that novelists are not content with simply observing the challenging adventures of rural migrants in Istanbul and representing their experiences in fiction. These novelists also introduce opportunities to millions of citizens, mostly children or grandchildren of these migrants, to seek the possibilities of a more democratic and sharing urban existence. With her book, N. Buket Cengiz offers a qualified interdisciplinary work stemming from literary studies, and invites her readers to imagine a different and liveable city.” (Erol Köroğlu, Associate Professor, Department of Turkish Language and Literature, Bosporus University, Istanbul)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)
  • Introduction: Right to the City Novels in Modern Turkish Fiction

    Pages 1-22

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  • From the Barricades to the City as Art: The Concept of the Right to the City

    Pages 23-41

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  • Passionate Belongings and Intense Longings: Tracing the Right to the City in Istanbul

    Pages 43-63

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  • Istanbul Meets Its New Members: An Overview of Istanbul’s History as Regards Migration

    Pages 65-80

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  • Imagining the Migration Experience: A Humanist Approach

    Pages 81-118

    Buket Cengiz, N.

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eBook $89.00
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Hardcover $119.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Right to the City Novels in Turkish Literature from the 1960s to the Present
Authors
Series Title
Literary Urban Studies
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-61221-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-61221-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-61220-7
Series ISSN
2523-7888
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 244
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour
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