Weibliche umwurzelung: Die darstellung interkultureller begegnungen in Den werken Von Füruzan, Alev Tekinay und Elif Şafak
OKUR, Jeannette Squires
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This dissertation explores how selected literary works of three widely traveled Turkish authors heighten the reader?s awareness of diverse, and sometimes hybrid linguistic and cultural dimensions of contemporary human life. These works, namely Füruzan?s Berlin?in Nar Çiçeği, Tekinay?s Nur der Hauch vom Paradies, and Şafak?s The Saint of Incipient Insanities, merit a comparative analysis that is culture-oriented precisely because they increase the reader?s consciousness that multiple linguistic and cultural dimensions exist in texts, as well as in real life. A lengthy discussion of these works? portrayal of intercultural encounters and socio-cultural change, which includes such subjects as ?Social Displacement as a Part of Cultural Change,? ?Integration as Reorientation,? and ?The Possibility of Overcoming Linguistic and Cultural Barriers,? is followed by an analysis of how each work contributed to respective Turkish, German and American public discourses on ?culture? at the time of its publication. The study is rounded off by a comparison of the three author?s careers, literary works and their public statements on the nature of culture and language, as well as by a final comparison of the three novels? cultural concepts, structure, style and reception. Finally, several possible relationships between cultural and literary studies, which were discussed theoretically at the beginning of the study, are reviewed in light of these transnational literary works.