(Self-)representations of women at the dawn of a nation state: the autobiographies of Selma Ekrem and Halide Edib

Özensoy, Bilge (2021) (Self-)representations of women at the dawn of a nation state: the autobiographies of Selma Ekrem and Halide Edib. [Thesis]

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This thesis explores the question of how Halide Edib and Selma Ekrem assert their gendered and nationalized agencies through Memoirs and Unveiled: The Autobiography of a Turkish Girl, their respective autobiographical works written in English and set in the transition period between the Ottoman Empire and the Turkish Republic. Through a textual analysis with reference to the contexts which the narratives refer to, and the context within which they were written, how the textual (self-)representations interplay with the official nation state ideology of the time regarding the leap from an "Ottoman past" to "Turkish identity", and "modern Turkish womanhood" was investigated. The main argument is that both women were contradicting with the image of "the daughters of the Republic", and demonstrate their autobiographical writing the complex, contradictory experiences of women that official history did not account for.
Item Type: Thesis
Uncontrolled Keywords: late Ottoman period. -- nation building. -- feminist historiography. -- otobiography. -- Halide Edib, Selma Ekrem. - - Geç Osmanlı dönemi. -- ulus devlet inşası. -- feminist tarih yazımı. -- otobiyografi.
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Academic programs > Cultural Studies
Depositing User: IC-Cataloging
Date Deposited: 06 Jan 2022 16:24
Last Modified: 26 Apr 2022 10:41
URI: https://research.sabanciuniv.edu/id/eprint/42702

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