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’.
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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