Situating Nuri Pakdil's 'Edebiyat' Journal in the History of Literature, Culture and Thought
4/17/2020
The project titled "Situating Nuri Pakdil's 'Edebiyat' Journal in the History of Literature, Culture and Thought" of Asst. Prof. Fatih Altuğ, was entitled to be supported by TÜBİTAK ARDEB 1001 Program.
​​​The project that Asst. Prof. Fatih Altuğ, the lecturer in ŞEHİR Department of Turkish Language and Literature, presented in the 2nd term of 2019 within the scope of "Scientific and Technological Research Projects Funding Program" will be supported by TÜBİTAK.

About project:
The "Edebiyat" journal, published at intervals between 1969 and 1984 by Nuri Pakdil and his environs, is an important initiative that has left an original and significant impact on Turkey's literary, cultural and intellectual life. The journal points to a unique experience that is radically separated from those who came before and after it in terms of language attitude, literary imagination and world imagination. On the one hand, pure Turkishism and Islamic thought, which are seen as opposites, entered into an original combination and became visible in this journal, especially in the works of Nuri Pakdil. On the other hand, the desire for indigenousness and the universalist imagination came together without excluding each other, on the contrary, by strengthening each other. The desire to return to indigenous origins, the ideal of religious and national unity, and the interest in modernist and avant-garde writers such as Beckett, Ionesco, Borges, Joyce, have been embodied in this magazine, and this interest is not only directed at the leading writers of the West, but also in the Islamic world. It also turned to the authors of Africa and Latin America. The nature of this opportunity between indigenousness and universality revealed by the literary magazine, its historical context, the field it opened in the context of Turkey, has not been adequately addressed.

In this project, it is aimed to position "Edebiyat" journal in the history of literature, culture and thought of its time and to analyze its value and the opportunities it offers.  To do this analysis and positioning, a network of relationships of people, texts and concepts in literary magazine will be produced using analysis programs known primarily as digital humanities. From 1969 to 1984, all issues of the journal will be scanned, the persons, texts and concepts mentioned here will be processed, and thus a concrete network of relationships will be established that will pave the way for us to draw up the mental map of the journal. In the second stage, the people, texts and concepts in the magazine will be matched with the places they refer to, so that the geography referenced by the literary magazine will be visualized.

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