Abstract

ABSTRACT:

In this introduction to our edited section, "Istanbul through the Looking Glass," I draw on Orhan Pamuk's works—in particular The Black Book—to develop a multi-perspectival approach to Istanbul's heterogeneous past and the contemporary collective memories that frame this past. First, I forward a critique of homogenizing narratives of Istanbul, in particular neo-Ottoman images of the city. For shorthand, I call these images "silhouettes." Next, by invoking The Black Book's extended metaphor of the city's sunken past in the Bosphorus, I draw attention to the "submersions" of Istanbul's history that our collection explores. Finally, I summarize the contents of the volume, which are divided across three sections: "Sites," "Districts," and "Discourses."

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Additional Information

ISSN
2376-0702
Print ISSN
2376-0699
Pages
pp. 11-22
Launched on MUSE
2022-01-29
Open Access
No
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