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Representations: Fiction, Modern: Turkey
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In the second half of the nineteenth century, when the modernizing elites of the Ottoman Empire appointed themselves as the pioneers of a wholesale cultural transformation, a reassessment of gender roles became an important item on their agenda. Since then, gender construction in modern Turkish fiction has been homologous to cultural constructions of gender that ran parallel to definitions of cultural identity, invariably attempted within the problematic of the East–West encounter. Given the pre…

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Parla, Jale, “Representations: Fiction, Modern: Turkey”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 18 September 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0624e>
First published online: 2009



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