East West Mimesis: Auerbach in Turkey by Kader Konuk,Victoria Holbrook

By Kader Konuk,Victoria Holbrook

East West Mimesis follows the plight of German-Jewish humanists who escaped Nazi persecution through looking exile in a Muslim-dominated society. Kader Konuk asks why philologists like Erich Auerbach chanced on humanism at domestic in Istanbul on the very second it used to be banished from Europe. She demanding situations the concept of exile as synonymous with highbrow isolation and indicates the reciprocal results of German émigrés on Turkey's humanist reform circulation. through making literary severe recommendations efficient for our knowing of Turkish cultural heritage, the ebook presents a brand new method of the learn of East-West relations.

Central to the ebook is Erich Auerbach's Mimesis: The illustration of truth in Western Literature, written in Istanbul after he fled Germany in 1936. Konuk attracts on a few of Auerbach's key concepts—figura as a manner of conceptualizing heritage and mimesis as a method of representing reality—to convey how Istanbul formed Mimesis and to appreciate Turkey's humanist reform circulation as one of those cultural mimesis.

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