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Representations of children in Kemalettin Tuğcu’s novels

Arıcan, Ebru
This thesis is an attempt to analyze the narrative structure of Kemalettin Tuğcu’s novels for children that became popular in the 1960s and the 1970s. It examines the representations of childhood, adulthood, orphanhood, richness and poverty in Tuğcu’s books through the relations between the child and the adult and the rich and the poor. The poor orphan child that is portrayed especially as “savior” and virtuous is the main character of Tuğcu’s novels. Socio-cultural hierarchies are represented primarily through the encounter and the relationship of the poor orphan child with the adults and the rich. This study argues that Kemalettin Tuğcu’s novels represent orphanhood and poverty primarily as moral-spiritual states and not simply a materialeconomic situation. The thesis also pays attention to the conservative themes in Tuğcu’s books.