Aesthetics of Displacement: Turkey and its Minorities on Screen (Topics and Issues in National Cinema)

Aesthetics of Displacement: Turkey and its Minorities on Screen (Topics and Issues in National Cinema)

By: Ozlem Koksal (author)Paperback

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Displacement does not only have an effect on groups' and individuals' ways of relating to their identity and their past but the knowledge and experience of it also has an impact on its representation. Looking at films that represent the experience of displacement in relation to Turkey's minorities, Aesthetics of Displacement argues that there is a particular aesthetic continuity among the otherwise unrelated films. Ozlem Koksal focuses on films that bring taboo issues concerning the repression of minorities into visibility, arguing that the changing political and social conditions determine not only the types of stories told but also the ways in which these stories are told. Focusing on aesthetic and narrative continuities, the films discussed include Ararat, Waiting for the Clouds and Once Upon a Time in Anatolia among others. Each film is examined in light of major historical event(s) and their context (political and social) as well as the impact these events had on the construction of both minority and Turkish identity.

About Author

OEzlem Koeksal is Lecturer in Film Television and Moving Image at the University of Westminster, UK.


Chapter 1: Introduction Chapter 2: Memory, Identity: The Turkish Context - Memory and Cinema - Turkey: Remembering and Forgetting - The Military Coup and the Post-1980s - Cinema in Turkey: A Brief Overview Chapter 3: Recurring Themes and Motifs: - Politics of Language - Silence - Space/Spatial Relations - Haunting - Epistolarity Chapter 4: Representing Minorities: - The Context and the Overview of the Films - Close-up: Politiki Kouzina/A Touch of Spice - Close-up: Bulutlari Beklerken/Waiting for the Clouds Chapter 5: Representing the Unrepresentable: Ararat and the Armenian Genocide - Historical Overview: 1915 and its Aftermath - Overview of Films - Close-up: Ararat - Layers of Reception: Beyond Ararat Chapter 6: The Kurdish Question in Films - Turkey's "Kurdish Question" and Cinema - Close up: Gunese Yolculuk/Journey to the Sun - Close-up: Buyuk Adam Kucuk Ask/Hejar - Close-up: Gitmek/My Marlon and Brando - Close-up: DOL: The Valley of Tambourines Chapter 7: Conclusion: Some Afterthoughts and Once Upon a Time in Anatolia Bibliography Index

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  • ISBN13: 9781501320187
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 240
  • ID: 9781501320187
  • weight: 340
  • ISBN10: 1501320181

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