The project of Turkish modernity was widely acclaimed as the most timely, rapid, and comprehensive early in the 20th century. Early in the 21st century, Turkish society is deeply divided and ambivalent about the results. What happened?
This course will look at Turkish society, culture, and religion from the rule of Atatürk to the rise of the Islamist (?) government, to understand how these areas have contributed or reacted to the transformations of the 20th century, using literary criticism, sociological, and anthropological approaches. Movies, literature, and music will illustrate relevant issues of gender, religion, urban and rural life, history, and national myth. This cultural production together with latest academic research will help to understand a uniquely complex and complicated culture, and contribute to a broader understanding of concepts of modernity, identity, and nationalism.
There is no textbook: Material will be made available through CTools.
Evaluation will be based on participation in classroom discussions (20%), a midterm book report (20%), and a final exam (25%), and a research paper (35%).
No knowledge of Turkish required!
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