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East West Mimesis: Auerbach in Turkey, Kader Konuk
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Author Name:    Kader Konuk

Title:   East West Mimesis: Auerbach in Turkey

Binding:   Hardcover

Book Condition:   New

Publisher:    Stanford University Press 

ISBN Number:   0804769745 / 9780804769747

Seller ID:   ING9780804769747

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"East West Mimesis" follows the plight of German-Jewish humanists who escaped Nazi persecution by seeking exile in a Muslim-dominated society. Kader Konuk asks why philologists like Erich Auerbach found humanism at home in Istanbul at the very moment it was banished from Europe. She challenges the notion of exile as synonymous with intellectual isolation and shows the reciprocal effects of German emigres on Turkey's humanist reform movement. By making literary critical concepts productive for our understanding of Turkish cultural history, the book provides a new approach to the study of East-West relations.
Central to the book is Erich Auerbach's "Mimesis: The Representation of Reality in Western Literature," written in Istanbul after he fled Germany in 1936. Konuk draws on some of Auerbach's key concepts--"figura" as a way of conceptualizing history and "mimesis" as a means of representing reality--to show how Istanbul shaped "Mimesis" and to understand Turkey's humanist reform movement as a type of cultural mimesis.



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