Course teached as: B004686 - LETTERATURA TURCA 1 (12 CFU) 3-years First Cycle Degree (DM 270/04) in LANGUAGES, LITERATURES AND INTERCULTURAL STUDIES Curriculum STUDI LINGUISTICI, LETTERARI E INTERCULTURALI
The course will focus on the major authors, periods and genres in Turkish literary culture in their historical contexts. Relevant analytical and interpretative strategies are introduced to enable students to develop a clear critical thinking and an understanding of a wide range of literary writing in Turkey, from the second half of the XIX century to the second half end of XX century.
?erif Mardin, Religion, Society and Modernity in Turkey, Syracuse University Press N.Y. 2006
Erol Köro?lu, Ottoman Propaganda and Turkish Identity: Literature in Turkey during World War I, Tauris London 2007
Fikret Turan, Stages of Evolution: Studies in Turkish Language and Literature, ISIS, Istanbul 2014
Ayse Saracgil e Angela Tarantino, "Costruire la nazione con la lingua e la letteratura: la Turchia e la Romania" pp.205-245 in Romània Orientale - ISSN:1121-4015 vol. XXV
Erda? Göknar, "The Novel in Turkish: Narrative Tradition to Nobel Prize", Re?at Kasaba (ed.) The Cambridge History of Turkey, Cambridge University Press Cambridge 2008, pp. 472-503
The course (72 hours) will focus on the study of XIX to XX -century literature in Turkey. Aims of the course:
a. to introduce students to the problems of the genesis of modern Turkish literature;
b. to familiarize students with the adoption of new literary genres imported from Western Europe critical instruments required for the analysis of literary texts;
c. to enable students to develop a critical consciousness and an awareness of critical theory and culture theory through detailed analyses of some the most representative texts of literatures of the period under exam
1. Knowledge and understanding: Students will demonstrate knowledge and understanding in historical and cultural contexts of XIX - and XX -century and will acquire the critical tools to cope with the formal and substantive components of the literary texts analyzed during the lessons.
2. Applying knowledge and understanding: Students will learn how to apply processes, models, questions, and theories that result in enhanced clarity in the comprehension of literary texts included in the program, which will be appreciated in both their formal and their contextual features.
3. Making judgements: Students will develop the ability to discuss the literary questions considered during the course, proposing critical perspectives and well-grounded judgements on the texts included in the program.
4. Communication skills: Students will develop the ability to can communicate information, ideas, problems and solutions, with particular reference to themes and questions considered during the lessons.
5. Learning skills: Students will acquire the methodological tools needed to read, analyze and understand literary texts in their generic structures.
The prerequisites are those outlined the course of study
Lectures and seminars
The course will take place online.
Further information will be given at the beginning of the course.
Type of Assessment
Oral and/or written exam. The exam will test students' knowledge of:
1. The history of the modern Turkish literature from its beginning to the first half of the XX Cent.
2. Specific issues and themes in Turkish literature during the Ottoman Empire and in republican period, articulated in poetry, theatre and novel;
3. The key texts and critical literature included in the reading list.
Students will demonstrate the ability to analyze and critically evaluate the key texts included in the reading list, and to place them within their historical and cultural contexts.
Successful candidates will be required to demonstrate adequate knowledge in all of the above points (1,2,3).
The exam aims to assess:
- The knowledge of key concepts in the history of Turkish literature.
- The ability to describe and place literary phenomena within their contexts of production and reception;
- The ability of close reading and appreciation of all the texts included in the reading list as well as a thorough command of methodological and theoretical tools;
- The ability to use formal and critical terminology;
- activities and tests on e-learning Platform moodle.
Students will demonstrate that they can discuss the subjects treated during the course, make appropriate connections between different authors and works, and express themselves clearly.
Grades are given on the basis of 30 points. Points are awarded if students are able to
1) describe form and contents of the texts studied,
2) understand, summarize and propose critical readings of those texts,
3) elaborate personal judgements that are solidly grounded on the text and/or secondary literature,
4) use appropriate terms.
Nos. 1 and 4 are essential in order to obtain the minimum passing grade (18/30); higher evaluations depend on to what extent' students have developed their skills
The course is articulated in chronological order and in three parts. After a critical exam of the classical ottoman literature (Divan), will be discussed at length the cultural, linguistic and literary consequences of the process of modernization began in 1839 and will be studied the genesis of modern Turkish literature around the 1870s with textual examples and analyses of Western and particularly French literary influences. The second part of the course will be dedicated to the genesis of Turkish nationalism , its influence upon the poetry and novels along with the nationalistic topoi created during the Balcan Wars (1912-13) and the National Liberation War (1919-23). The last part of the course will be dedicated to the analysis of the reèublican literature till 1950s.
Material with primary and secondary texts will be available on the platform moodle.