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From the “author” to the “reader”: visiting literary house-museums in Istanbul

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2009
Karlık, Özge
This study is an attempt to examine the literary house-museums located in İstanbul. In the chronological order of their transformations from houses into museums, these are Tevfik Fikret house-museum in Aşiyan, Rumelihisarı (1945), Sait Faik Abasıyanık house-museum in Burgazada (1964), and Hüseyin Rahmi Gürpınar house-museum in Heybeliada (2000). By pointing out their ambiguous position between privacy and publicity, this research seeks to juxtapose the uses of these museums as houses in the past with the uses of these houses as museums in the present. While doing that, it aims to read their spatial stories/histories by focusing not only on the writers/inhabitants of the houses and the owners/organizers of the museums, but also on the guests/visitors of these house-museums.