Literature as Witness to the Democratization of Turkey: Military Coups and Novels is a research project supported by TÜBİTAK. Çimen Günay-Erkol, from Özyeğin University is the leading researcher of the project.
Turkey witnessed three successful and two abortive military coups in the period 1960-1980. Two more items are added to this list, the first one on 28 February 1997, the “post-modern coup,” and the second on 27 April 2007 the “e-memorandum”. Some of these periods are reflected in literature, and their products became subject matter to literary analysis. However, a systematical analysis has not yet been carried out. Our project aims to follow the footsteps of memory/testimony studies, an interdisciplinary field which opens new horizons in literary studies, to focus on novels and explore the relationship of military coups in Turkey with literature. We aim to conduct close readings of texts with gender awareness and attention at degrees of witnessing, in a framework supported by research on political history and psychology.
Researchers: Çimen Günay-Erkol, Deniz Sert, Gizem Arıkan
Assistants: Uğur Çalışkan, Elif Sarı, Egem Atik
Support: Umut Ulutaş, Utku Genç