Toker, Serhat
As a man of letters, a literary historian, and a poet, Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar is a writer who has transformed his life into a work reflecting the cultural conditions that created him. As a literary work, this work serves as a source for those who want to reach the historical reality of Turkish society. As a narration of Turkish modernization, this source allowed many interpretive needs to be met in reconstructing a lost past or the idea of historical disconnection. However, the essential feature of this source has always remained at the margins of the interest directed toward him. The social scientific privilege of Tanpınar in his works is that he has placed a social interaction story in a void that is constantly in the blind spots of other contemporary thinkers such as Niyazi Berkes or Sabri Ülgener. He did this by placing the human experience as a singular focus of interest in the center of the dualities, such as east-west, continuity-rupture, and subject-object, an ancient discussion. Although he did not use a specific sociological method, the social interaction environments he revived in the works cognate with the theoretical preferences of sociologists who placed the concept of "interaction" at the center of sociological theory, especially that of Georg Simmel. The primary purpose of this study is to think of Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar as a "storyteller" in a sense coined by Walter Benjamin and to question the possibilities of using the human experience he conveys as a sociological monograph and to reveal the theoretical perspectives it has.
Citation Formats
S. Toker, “TIME, TEMPORALITY AND SOCIAL TRANSFORMATION IN THE WORK OF AHMET HAMDİ TANPINAR,” Ph.D. - Doctoral Program, Middle East Technical University, 2023.