TITLE

SESSÄ°Z EV'Ä°N HAYALETÄ°: GÃœDÃœK BÄ°R AYDINLANMA PROJESÄ°

AUTHOR(S)
Uğurlu, Seyit Battal; Balik, Macit
PUB. DATE
November 2009
SOURCE
Electronic Turkish Studies;2009, Vol. 4 Issue 8, p2307
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Dr. Selahattin Darvinoğlu, who is in the first one of the three generations that are told in Orhan Pamuk's (b. 1954) second novel The House of Silence is an atypical and encyclopedist intellectual, who represents the positivist thinking which entered Turkish thinking and cultural history in the period when political reforms made in the Ottoman State in 1839. Darvınoğlu, who is conveyed by his wife, Fatma's memories, represents Constitutional Monarchy and early Republican Period positivist Turkish Intellectual through an encyclopedia project which can't become reality and the failure of his attempt for being a social engineer. The heritage of Dr. Selahattin is anatomized over the items that are full of symbolic meanings which emphasize the exility of the duty he sacrifices himself for: born from his relationship with his maid; two uneducated sons who were mutilated by his wife, with no future, a deceived wife who is fighting with the ghosts of the past and the encyclopedia which was burnt by this woman for revenge. His wife has been exposed to Selahattin's scientific pressure and his betrayal, so she hasn't been able to live her marriage properly. His two sons from the maid were mutilated by his wife and handicapped throughout the novel, consequently, unable to maintain his ideals and problematic in the aspect of lineage. The one- week- period when Selahattin's grandchildren spend in Fatma's village is described and it corresponds the time of September 12th period, when the chaotic setting because of the conflict between the two contrary sides in the society lasted. The barren effect of the new 'vaccination' which can be based on the period when political reforms made in the Ottoman State in 1839, but hasn't been coincided with the basic dynamics of the society since the Constitutional Monarchy is discussed over this person who Pamuk codes about our political and cultural lives and reflects from an ironic distance. This criticism about the Turkish cultural history's positivist thinking line, by means of the mentioned novel, problematizes the relationship between the intellectuals and the society. In this article, by focusing on Selahattin Darvınoğlu character's intellectual profile who elapses from the Constitutional Monarchy to early Republican Period, in the novel The House of Silence; an analytical analysis is done about encyclopedia, positivism, social engineering and their socio-cultural consequences.
ACCESSION #
48362603

 

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