THE REPRESENTATION OF FOREIGN CULTURE IN EMINE SEVGI OZDAMARS NARRATIVES
WIEDERGABE DER FREMDEN KULTUR IN DEN ERZÄHLUNGEN VON EMINE SEVGI ÖZDAMAR - (EMİNE SEVGİ ÖZDAMAR’IN ÖYKÜLERİNDE YABANCI KÜLTÜRÜN SUNUMU)

Author : Nurhan ULUÇ
Number of pages : 183-190

Abstract

With the works written by Turkish authors of German origin in Germany, German society contributes significantly to their shared life by better understanding the culture of the Turkish society in which they live together. Emine Sevgi Özdamar's works are among the most important of them. In this study, ‘The Representation of Foreign Culture in Emine Sevgi Özdamars Narratives’, it is aimed to evaluate the content which is peculiar to Turkish culture in terms of cultural transfer in the narratives in the book titled ‘Courtyard in the Mirror’ by Emine Sevgi Özdamar, one of the German authors of Turkish descent. In this respect, it is an indisputable fact that the cultural features presented in literary works, which are one of the most effective ways of using the undisputed link between language and culture, cannot be separated from human life. Especially considering that the idioms or proverbs we use in language are the result of the social cultural accumulation of that language, it can be said that the presentation of these statements to the reader in the other culture also assumes a task for the development of intercultural communication and interaction. In this context, the works of Emine Sevgi Özdamar reveal the specifity and meaning of the cultural behavior of the Turks living in Germany in terms of interculturality. Özdamar’s work have contributed significantly to German society’s understanding of Turks in their own cultural behavior patterns. In parallel, Emine Sevgi Özdamar's book ‘The Courtyard in the Mirror’, which bridges between cultures, looks at recent social-historical events in terms of her memories. By examining the structures specific to Turkish culture written in the stories ‘The Courtyard in the Mirror’, ’Black Eye in Germany‘, ’My Istanbul‘ and ’My Berlin', the importance of different cultures will be evaluated in terms of the encounter.

Keywords

Emine Sevgi Özdamar, The Courtyard in the Mirror, Culture Transfer

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