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A Mosaic of Misunderstanding: Occident, Orient, and Facets of Mutual Misconstrual


Julia Szołtysek

The book investigates relations between the ‘East’ and ‘West’ which have been forming and evolving from the Enlightenment until the present times. On the basis of material covering a selection of American, British and Turkish literature, as well as examples of Western Orientalist painting and musical (operatic) illustrations of analysed issues, the study aims to usher in a deeper and more nuanced understanding of post/colonial phenomena and their broader socio-cultural implications. The work attempts to accentuate the resonances and dissonances between various arts and disciplines, with the view to illuminating the organic nature of both inter- and intra-cultural relationships. The rationale behind such an orientation in research and methodology has not been to arrive at a final eclectic perspective, but rather, to promote a more comprehensive and diverse approach towards the ‘Other’.

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Interviews with Erdem Erdoğan and Elijah Moshinsky on Die Entführung aus dem Serail

“No Longer the Ottomans They Used to Be”: on Turkish opera, Sultan Selim III, composers and personal plans with Erdem Erdoğan

Julia Szołtysek: Dear Mr. Erdoğan, you are one of Turkey’s leading tenors. Since 2007 you’ve been living in Izmir, performing on a regular-basis at the Izmir State Opera and Ballet House, as well as concerting internationally. Haven’t you considered staying abroad and starting a permanent cooperation with some of the opera houses you have already appeared at?

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