Social Trauma and Telecinematic Memory

Imagining the Turkish Nation since the 1980 Coup

  • Pelin Başcı

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
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    Pages 1-49
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    Pages 97-124
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    Pages 267-292
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 293-340

About this book


This book explores responses to authoritarianism in Turkish society through popular culture by examining feature films and television serials produced between 1980 and 2010 about the 1980 coup. Envisioned as an interdisciplinary study in cultural studies rather than a disciplinary work on cinema, the book advocates for an understanding of popular culture in discerning emerging narratives of nationhood. Through feature films and television serials directly dealing with the coup of 1980, the book exposes tropes and discursive continuities such as “childhood” and “the child”. It argues that these conventional tropes enable popular debates on the modern nation’s history and its myths of identity. 


Turkish culture Turkey coup film nationhood Balkans Middle East Caucuses television serial military takeover traumatic memory political cinema

Authors and affiliations

  • Pelin Başcı
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  1. 1.Department of World Languages and LiteraturesPortland State UniversityPortlandUSA

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