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East West Mimesis: Auerbach in Turkey

Kader Konuk


This book follows the plight of German-Jewish humanists who escaped Nazi persecution by seeking exile in a Muslim-dominated society. The book asks why philologists like Erich Auerbach found humanism at home in Istanbul at the very moment it was banished from Europe. It challenges the notion of exile as synonymous with intellectual isolation and shows the reciprocal effects of German émigrés on Turkey's humanist reform movement. By making literary critical concepts productive for our understanding of Turkish cultural history, the book provides a new approach to the study of East–West relations. ... More

Keywords: Turkey, Erich Auerbach, Istanbul, exile, East–West relations, mimesis, figura, German-Jewish humanists, humanism, humanist reform movement

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780804769747
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804769747.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kader Konuk, author