As Kader Konuk shows in his detailed and pointedly argued new book, East West Mimesis: Auerbach in Turkey, this statement, and the scholarly romance it has. East West Mimesis follows the plight of German-Jewish humanists who escaped Nazi persecution by seeking exile in a Muslim-dominated. Read the full-text online edition of East-West Mimesis: Auerbach in Turkey () .

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Auerbach in Turkey tells a fascinating story about the development of modern Turkey just as much as it does about Auerbach’s classic work. Immensely readable and engaging, her book is distinguished by extensive archival research into a pivotal phase of modern Turkish cultural history, yielding rich insights into how this period of transformation impacted Auerbach’s groundbreaking work of modern comparatism.

East West Mimesis deepens our understanding of how Turkey’s project of strengthening its ties with Europe in the s opened Turkish culture to its classical heritage, at the same time that its reclaiming of Western secular humanism as a shared legacy served to obscure the problematic histories of racial minorities in Turkish society.

Simultaneously, Konuk significantly re-positions Auerbach as a critic who, far from absorbing Turkish transformations of secular life into his writing, decontexualized the cultural and religious environment in which he was located. Konuk’s illuminating study of Auerbach’s ambiguous relation to Turkey makes a valuable intervention in challenging the standard narrative about Auerbach’s exile.


East West Mimesis: Auerbach in Turkey

Konuk offers a model of comparative literary scholarship that attends keenly to the locations in which major easr works are produced, restoring the histories of those places even as they are displaced by concerns that appear to be far removed from the tumultuous changes occurring at the scene of writing. Her work poses a significant challenge to persistent beliefs about the ‘backwardness’ and ‘Orientalness’ of modern Turkey, revealing that Turkey has never been properly understood in the context of the Orientalism debate.

Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? East West Mimesis follows the plight of German-Jewish humanists who escaped Nazi persecution by seeking exile in a Muslim-dominated society.

Kader Konuk asks why philologists like Erich Auerbach found humanism at home in Istanbul at the very moment it was banished from Europe. Tureky making literary critical concepts productive for our understanding of Turkish cultural history, the book provides a new approach to the study of East-West relations. Central to the book is Erich Auerbach’s Mimesis: Read more Read less.

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