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Representations: Poetry, Modern: Turkey
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This entry covers issues of representations of women and gender – the forms, themes, and dimensions of these depictions, the kind of images, stereotypes, and models they provide, and their local and historical context – in modern Turkish poetry.

After the foundation of the Republic of Turkey (1923) the process of modernization began with social and economic reforms. In poetry, the divan poetry, written in Arabo-Persian letters of prosody (ʿaruz), could not be taken as a model any more. But the folk poetry in syllabic meter could serve as a starting point for mode…

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Göbenli, Mediha, “Representations: Poetry, Modern: Turkey”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 28 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0632d>
First published online: 2009

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