War and Literature in Turkish History
HIST 492 War and Literature in Turkish History
Analyses of Turkish narratives or echoes of the Balkan Wars, World War I, the War of Independence, World War II, the Korean War, the war in Vietnam and other wars of the late 20th century. The full gamut of possible reactions to war : pain, horror, disgust; poverty, deprivation; exalted heroism; cowardice, profiteering, betrayal -- and how all this is rarely encountered as a totality in Turkish literature. Casting wars in social time and in monumental time. The question of just and unjust wars, or of "our" wars and wars that are waged "against us", and the erasures that this causes in narrating war experience. Problematizing the persistent lyricisation of warfare: why has Turkey not had any enduring pacifist of anti-militarist literary tradition ?