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(In)sight of Things

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This article focuses on the connections between reality and imagined worlds in the play His Master's Voice by Sevim Burak. Burak is an ignored, underrated, avant-garde Turkish writer/playwright who employed surrealistic and experimental language to open up the interior space of subjectivity into the realm of the real of the narrative and life. Burak's negotiation with reality permeates all levels of the narrative in His Master's Voice. The unfolding of the plot is blurred by obscure dreams in which imagined people induce the reader/viewer to access the subjective experience of the protagonist. Burak interrogates how and why the fear of the Other and central antagonisms persist in such transitory periods as the formation of citizenship and the nation in the 1930s or the military coup in the 1980s by scrutinizing the rupture within and the relations between the individual and collective psyches.
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Keywords: 20th century Turkish drama; Burcu Yasemin Şeyben; His Master's Voice; Sevim Burak; Slavoj Žižek; Turkish literature; Turkish modernisation; cultural identity; psychoanalysis; subjectivity

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2012-11-01

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