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Murat Kabak is a research assistant at the Department of English Language and Literature, Istanbul Kültür University. He received his M.A. degree in English Literature at Boğaziçi University. He is currently a doctoral student in the English Literature program at the Institute for Graduate Studies in Social Sciences, Boğaziçi University. His research interests include contemporary novel, contemporary theory and criticism, and media studies.
While the poetics of various genres and art forms have been widely discussed in literary studies, the study of aesthetic creation has been ignored in studies in post-apocalyptic fiction. In the present chapter, I aim to analyze the political implications of the hopeful vision, and the emphasis on arts in Mandel’s Station Eleven. I argue that the no...
While there are major works tracing the themes of belonging and longing for home in contemporary fiction, there is no current study adequately addressing the connection between dystopian novel and nostalgia. This paper aims to illustrate how the Canadian writer Margaret Atwood uses nostalgia as a framework to level a critique against technological...
Written in 1974, the American writer Ursula K. Le Guin's The Dispossessed revolves around the central character Shevek's self-appointed mission to improve the relationship between two planets, Anarres and Urras, by breaking down the walls that are separating these ideological enemies. The novel, in that sense, can be read as one man's search for an...
Batı edebiyatında ideal düzen düşüncesi ne ismini veren en ünlü örnek, Rönesans düşünürlerinden Thomas More’un Ütopya (1516) eseri olsa da insanlığın ulaşmayı arzuladığı ideal toplum kurgusu Platon’un Devlet’ine dayanır. Bu yazı, geçmişe saplantılı görünen nostaljinin, edebiyat ve sanatta ideal geleceği kurgulayan eserlerde etkisini sorgulamayı ve...
Set during a civil war in the apartheid South Africa, Nadine Gordimer's July's People is centred around the relationship between the Smales family and their former servant July. As the communal ties disintegrate in the novel, three objects play a vital role in our understanding of the characters. For the purposes of this study, these symbols do not...
After the massive outbreaks of violence and catastrophes at the dawn of the twentieth century, experiences of dislocation and dissonance, as well as their reflection in the human psyche, nostalgia, captivated the interest of various disciplines from literary studies to politics. Although viewed through various lenses, nostalgia as a state of a wist...