Resistance and heterotopia: an analysis of space in Jeanette Winterson’s the passion and Orhan Pamuk’s the museum of innocence

Anşin, Berfin
This thesis aims to compare Jeanette Winterson’s The Passion and Orhan Pamuk’s The Museum of Innocence basing its argument on the assumption that the spaces employed in both novels carry heterotopic qualities and that the oppressive mechanisms of power are confronted through these spaces. Both novels dwell on the transformative power of passionate love on individuals and how the protagonists employ the spaces in the novels to challenge the power mechanisms surrounding them and how they create other possibilities of being through heterotopic emplacements. While making this comparison, the concepts of heterotopia, power and resistance are used mainly as they are conceptualized in Michel Foucault’s theoretical framework. In addition, resistant practices discussed are considered as the ultimate outcomes of power networks. The heterotopic emplacements in The Passion are spaces primarily governed by the power mechanism, and the oppressiveness and influence of power are felt more in this novel. On the other hand, heterotopic spaces in The Museum of Innocence have a more personal nature; therefore, the power mechanisms in this novel appear less oppressive than the ones in The Passion. In this comparative study, it can be argued that although the degrees of power, qualities of heterotopias in these works, and the cultures and cities of authors differ from each other, all of the heterotopic spaces discussed pave the way for other possibilities of being and they demonstrate that there are always chances of liberty and resistance even in the most oppressive and strictest circumstances.


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Citation Formats
B. Anşin, “Resistance and heterotopia: an analysis of space in Jeanette Winterson’s the passion and Orhan Pamuk’s the museum of innocence,” Thesis (M.S.) -- Graduate School of Social Sciences. English literature., Middle East Technical University, 2019.