Broken Masculinities

Solitude, Alienation, and Frustration in Turkish Literature after 1970
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264 pages

Broken Masculinities portrays the post-dictatorial novel of the 1970s in all its complexity, and introduces the reader to a 1968-era Turkey, a period which challenges Turkey’s now reinforced Islamic image by portraying the quest for sexual liberation and critical student uprisings. Günay-Erkol argues that the literature written after the 1971 coup in Turkey constitutes a coherent sub-genre and needs to be considered together. These novels share a common ground which is rich in images of men and women craving for power: general isolation, sexual-emotional frustration, and a traumatic sense of solitude and alienation.

This book is an original and significant contribution to two major fields of study: (1) gender and sexuality with respect to formation of subjectivity through literature, and (2) modern literature and history through the study of Turkish literature. The chief concern in this book is not only literature’s response to a particular period in Turkey, but also the role of literature in bearing witness to trauma and drastic political acts of violence—and coming to terms with them.

Preface xi
Acknowledgements xvii
Introduction 1
Chapter 1 / Quixotic and Hurt: Victimized
Men as a Stable Ground 35
Men Under Surveillance: Coming of Age
in Çetin Altan’s Büyük Gözaltı 38
Masculinity as a National Preoccupation: Torture and
Emasculization in Erdal Öz’s Yaralısın 53
Masculinity Under Escalating Military Bureaucracy:
Quixotic Sacrifice in M. C. Anday’s İsa’nın Güncesi 73
Chapter 2 / On the Post-Dictatorial Stage:
March 12 by Women Writers 89
Marxist, Feminist, Exiled: Female Masculinity
in Sevgi Soysal’s Şafak 97
Greywolves as Traumatized Heroes: Fear from the
Feminine in Emine Işınsu’s Sancı 113
Friend or Foe: Revolutionary Men as Husbands and
Valentines in Pınar Kür’s Yarın Yarın 126
Emasculated by Modernity: Clash of Rural and
Urban Masculinities in Sevinç Çokum’s Zor 144
Chapter 3 / Masculinity and Modernization:
Does Love Emasculate? 163
Institutionalized Masculinities: Military and Marriage
in Adalet Ağaoğlu’s Bir Düğün Gecesi 165
Urban Guerilla in Love: Masculine Affirmation
in Tarık Buğra’s Gençliğim Eyvah 186
Conclusion 203
Chronology 219
Bibliography 225
Index 239