Mythologization of Istanbul in the novel “The white castle” by Orhan Pamyk

Кая, Семіх (2017) Mythologization of Istanbul in the novel “The white castle” by Orhan Pamyk Літературний процес: методологія, імена, тенденції : зб. наук. пр. (філол. науки) (9). pp. 105-110. ISSN 2311-2433

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The article analyses a novel by Orhan Pamuk “The White Castle” from the point of view of mythologization of the image of the city. The novel proves that the urban discourse of contemporary Turkish literature city is not only an image of reality but also a topos of shattered traditions, broken links between generations or phantom-city, city-myth. Parable-like plot of the work leads to mythologization of the space narrative unfolds in; time acquires conditionality, as  well as  the  main characters, thanks to  the  motif of  duality. The  peculiarity of  the  author’s narrative is  predominance in  the  descriptions of  Istanbul of  cultural characteristics. Istanbul is  a city-myth, where the  author finds places with a  distinct link to  Western traditions. Thus the  writer establishes a  “European” optics of  narrator-Venetian in  his perception of the Eastern town; it is an attempt in self-expression and a basic concept of the worldview background of  the  author. The  image of  the  city characterizes by  heterogeneity, multiplicity and cartography of  topocultural planes. The  transformation of  Istanbul into a  myth-city happens in  the  context of actualization of the problematic complex of self-identification of the hero and aims to create an author variant of alternative history.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Orhan Pamuk; myth-city; city text; alternative history; mythologization
Subjects: Статті у журналах > Фахові (входять до переліку фахових, затверджений МОН)
Divisions: Інститути > Інститут філології > Кафедра східних мов та перекладу
Depositing User: Валерій Смуров
Date Deposited: 07 Jul 2017 10:38
Last Modified: 07 Jul 2017 10:38

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