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    Between Terror and Taboo: Monumentalisation as the Matrix of History and Politics in Orhan Pamuk’s The Black Book and Snow


    Sakr, Rita (2011) Between Terror and Taboo: Monumentalisation as the Matrix of History and Politics in Orhan Pamuk’s The Black Book and Snow. British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, 38 (2). pp. 227-247. ISSN 1353-0194

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    Abstract

    This essay explores monumentalisation as an idea and a practice that function as the matrix of history and politics in Orhan Pamuk’s novels The Black Book and Snow. I examine the politics of Pamuk’s negotiation of ‘monumentalisation’ in the two novels through its different textual trajectories: the surreal image of the apocalyptic agency of Ataturk statues in Turkish space and history; the elliptical and marginal representation of a centrally significant event in a tabooed monumental space, as in the instances of a carnivalesque performance around an Ataturk statue and of Kurdish attacks against these statues; and the textual monumentalisation of Armenian architectural remains that bear the traces of past violence. The main argument and conclusion are that Pamuk’s imaginative rendering of monumental space allows a rethinking of the significance of monumentalisation on theoretical and material levels specifically with respect to its relations to various manifestations of terror and taboo in twentieth-century Turkey.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Pamuk, Orhan; The Black Book; Snow; monumentalisation; History; Turkey; twentieth century
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Arts,Celtic Studies and Philosophy > School of English, Media & Theatre Studies > English
    Item ID: 11448
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/13530194.2011.581821
    Depositing User: Rita Sakr
    Date Deposited: 23 Oct 2019 14:31
    Journal or Publication Title: British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies
    Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
    Refereed: Yes
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