Women Writers' Literary Environment in Late Ottoman İstanbul (1869-1923)
2/9/2018
TÜBİTAK grant for the project of Assist. Prof. Fatih Altuğ from ŞEHİR Turkish Language and Literature Department
​​​​Assist. Prof. Fatih Altuğ from Turkish Language and Literature Department, has been awarded a TÜBİTAK 1001 - Scientific and Technological Research Projects Funding Program grant for his project entitled "Women Writers’ Literary Environment in Late Ottoman İstanbul (1869-1923)".

This project will focus on the probable existence of an autonomous field of women’s writing by analyzing the practices of female authors in late Ottoman İstanbul.

Since the first women journal "Terakki-i Muhadderat" published in 1869, İstanbul was also the capital of late Ottoman women’s whose productivity increased at 1890s. Since the tradition of scholarship on Ottoman Turkish writers mainly concentrates on a specific woman writer or a women’s journal, we do not have any holistic account of late Ottoman women’s experiences of authorship. This Project aims to be one of the first example of this holistic ambition. The data will be retrieved from the sources such as biographies and works of women writers and editors, writers, publishers and essays of the women journals.​

In the scope of the project, 16 women’s journal and environment of literary relations in which Fatma Aliye, Emine Semiye, Nigâr Hanım, Halide Edib Adıvar, Güzide Sabri, Nezihe Muhiddin, Suat Derviş and Müfide Ferit Tek were central points will be examined. Bourdiean sociology of literature will be the main method and feminist literary historiography will be also used. In every point of the study, networks will be produced, visualized and mapped via digital humanities programs. When this project is extended, practices of Ottoman women’s writing can be analyzed in a more comprehensive way in the cultural, linguistic and geographical levels.