As Kader Konuk shows in his detailed and pointedly argued new book, East West Mimesis: Auerbach in Turkey, this statement, and the scholarly romance it has. East West Mimesis follows the plight of German-Jewish humanists who escaped Nazi persecution by seeking exile in a Muslim-dominated. Read the full-text online edition of East-West Mimesis: Auerbach in Turkey () .
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Stanford University Press, We have imagined him, the European Jewish philologist, sitting out the war in Istanbul, stripped of his colleagues and his library, working from memory to shape a history of Western literary realism. Auerbach in Turkeythis statement, and the scholarly romance it tugkey engendered, is largely untrue.
The library held a respectable collection of literatures and scholarship in Auerbachh languages. The city, too, had bookshops catering to European readers, and it had, as well, a Dominican monastery with a rich collection of patristic materials.
It shows, in great detail, the influx of European academics into a burgeoning modern state.
The book draws on archival material accessible only to those who can read Turkish. Hence, I show how the trope of detachment, central to the aesthetics of modernism, came to assume a different meaning after the onset of mass emigration in In these ways, East West Mimesis moves beyond a biography of Auerbach or a narrative of his famous book. It is a cultural history of Turkey and humanism, Istanbul and modernity, Arabs and Ottomans and Jews.
One of the most illuminating sections of this book reveals the place of Jews in Turkish historical identity. Istanbul had long had a Mimwsis community, and Ottoman administrators had long used Jewish functionaries as administrative personnel. Konuk shows how these historical issues were reshaped during the s, in particular, into discourses about authenticity.
Konuk draws on archival documents and personal letters to reveal the complex relationships among Germans, Jews, and Turks. Watching the German ambassador to Turkey refuse to shake the hand of the Jewish violinist Licco Amar after a performance inSpitzer wrote a passionate letter to the German vice-consul.
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East West Mimesis: Auerbach in Turkey by Kader Konuk