“Nation-building and Gallipoli: Representations in Turkish, Australian and New Zealand Literatures”

Ayşe Candan Kirisci, Ph.D., Bogazici University, 2011

Monday, March 3, 4:30 pm, Kansas Room, Union

The defense at Gallipoli (1915) is of major significance in Turkish history. The event has been the subject of a large number of writings, from historical accounts to personal narratives. Literary works have also fed the public imagination. Since the actual battles, Gallipoli has been celebrated as a moment of pride. At times it has been viewed as a victory reminiscent of the past Ottoman glory. More important is the recognition that Gallipoli was a turning point that helped reinforce a burgeoning Turkish identity. The representation of Gallipoli in Turkish literature is marked by varying intensity and emphases that reflect the phases undergone by the nationalist current.


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