Investigating Turkey: Detective Fiction and Turkish Nationalism, 1928-1945 (Ottoman and Turkish Studies)

Investigating Turkey: Detective Fiction and Turkish Nationalism, 1928-1945 (Ottoman and Turkish Studies)

By: David Mason (author)Hardback

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This volume seeks to understand more about the lives and histories of the general population of the Republic of Turkey during the years 1928 and 1945. During this period, concepts of Turkish nationalism were expounded in a top-down effort to rally the population to be united as Turks. Being a top-down effort, there needed to be mechanisms through which to transmit these concepts to the general population. This work assesses the level to which authors of indigenous Turkish detective fiction written between 1928 and 1945 attempted to aid in this process of transmission. Five series of this period are carefully analysed; the clear conclusion is that there was authorial intent to spread ideas of "Turkism" in each and every series.

About Author

David Mason has taught in Islamic Studies and Humanities departments for more than eight years at McGill University, Zayed University in Abu Dhabi, and the American University of Sharjah. His areas of research and teaching interest are the Ottoman Empire and the Republic of Turkey, nationalism, Islamism, and detective fiction. Prior to his academic career, he travelled extensively and lived and taught in Istanbul for six years.


1. Introduction Part I: 1928 to 1938 2. Pire Necmi and the Mystery of the Self-hating Turk 3. Homeland Security: Cem's Detective Hero Cemal Dogan Instructs Turks How to Protect Turkish Sovereignty Part II: 1939 to 1950 4. Turkish and non-Turkish character traits developed in Murat Akdogan's detective fiction series, 1941 to 1944 5. Samancigil's Turkish Detective Hero Hizir Kaplan and the Introduction of Rationalism and Skepticism to Turkish Youth 6. Ziya Calikoglu's Feminist Detective Hero Vefa Polad 7. Conclusion Bibliography Index

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781618116284
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 180
  • ID: 9781618116284
  • ISBN10: 1618116282

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