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Towards Turkish American Literature

Narratives of Multiculturalism in Post-Imperial Turkey


Elena Furlanetto

The author expands the definition of Turkish American literature beyond fiction written by Americans of Turkish descent to incorporate texts that literally ‘commute’ between two national spheres. This segment of Turkish American literature transcends established paradigms of immigrant life-writing, as it includes works by Turkish authors who do not qualify as American permanent residents and were not born in the United States by Turkish parents (such as Elif Shafak and Halide Edip), and on novels where the Turkish and Ottoman matter decisively prevails over the American (Güneli Gün’s «On the Road to Baghdad» and Alev Lytle Croutier’s «Seven Houses»). Yet, these texts were written in English, were purposefully located on the American market, and simultaneously engage the Turkish and the American cultural and literary traditions.

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Zugl.: Dortmund, Techn. Univ., Diss., 2015

Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

Names: Furlanetto, Elena, author.

Title: Towards Turkish American literature : narratives of multiculturalism in post-imperial Turkey / Elena Furlanetto.

Description: Frankfurt am Main ; New York : Peter Lang, 2017. | Series:

Interamerican ; Vol. 10 | Includes bibliographical references.

Identifiers: LCCN 2016056957 | ISBN 9783631677247

Subjects: LCSH: Turkish literature—American influences. | Turkish literature—History and criticism. | Multiculturalism in literature. | Postcolonialism in literature. | Sufism in literature. | Turks in literature. | Turkish-Americans.

Classification: LCC PL205 .F87 2017 | DDC 894/.3509—dc23 LC record available at

Cover image: Courtesy of the Osher Map Library, University of Southern Maine

The electronic version of this book is freely available due to funding by OGeSoMo, a BMBF-project to support and analyse open access book publications in the humanities and social sciences (BMBF: Federal Ministry of Education and Research). The project is led by the University Library of Duisburg-Essen. For more information see

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ISSN 1618-419X - ISBN 978-3-631-67724-7 (Print)

E-ISBN 978-3-653-07229-7 (E-PDF) - E-ISBN 978-3-631-70905-4 (EPUB)

E-ISBN 978-3-631-70906-1 (MOBI) - DOI 10.3726/978-3-653-07229-7

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© Elena Furlanetto, 2017

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