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Halman’s book on Turkish literature published in US 15 janvier 2008

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Turkish Daily News

Monday, January 14, 2008

Professor Talat Halman, chairman of Bilkent University’s Turkish Literature department, has released a collection of his essays on Turkish literature in the United States, his office announced in a written statement.

The 400-page book titled “Rapture and Revolution” provides a critical overview of Turkish literature from its earliest phases to the present. The articles give readers a broad entry into the rich landscape of traditional and contemporary Turkish literature and culture.The book contains three sections: Myths and Monoliths; Critics, Dramatics, Poetics; and Mystics and Modern Masters.

The first section showcases such articles as “The Ancient and Ottoman Legacy,” “Islamic Themes in Turkish Poetry: Imitations and Mutations,” “Rapture and Revolution: Poetry of the Islamic Near East,” “Turkish Literature in the 1960s,” and “Turkish Literature: Modes of Modernity,” while the second section features the articles of “The Evolution of Turkish Drama,” “Comic Spirit in Turkish Theater,” “Poetry and Society: Propaganda Functions of Poetry in the Turkish Experience,” “Big Town Blues: Peasants ‘Abroad’ in Turkish Literature.”

Section three deals with important literary figures individually such as Celaleddin Rumi, Yunus Emre, Süleyman the Magnificent, Nazim Hikmet, Orhan Veli Kanik, Oktay Rifat, Sait Faik etc.

The book was edited by Jayne L. Warner and published by Syracuse University Press in the United States. It is available in the United States from the Syracuse University Press and outside the United States from Eurospan, 3 Henrietta Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E 8LU, U.K. or from the Web sites eurospanonline.com and www.SyracuseUniversityPress.syr.edu

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