Abstract

Viewed through the lens of Julia Kristeva's psychoanalytical theory, Emmanuel/Ismail, the protagonist of Rhea Galanaki's Ismail Ferik Pasha, can be seen as a subject in crisis. Returning to the place from which he was abducted as a boy, Ismail undergoes a process of re-establishing his wavering national, religious, and even gender identity within the realm of his original familial and cultural setting. This substitution of the Symbolic Law of his imposed Ottoman acculturation by his original one activates the mechanisms of cultural coercion that the subject is unable to respond to in any way except through the ultimate act of self-sacrifice.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1086-3265
Print ISSN
0738-1727
Pages
pp. 31-54
Launched on MUSE
2009-06-19
Open Access
No
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