The alla franca dandy; modernity and the novel in the late 19th-century Ottoman Empire

dc.citation.epage443en_US
dc.citation.issueNumber3
dc.citation.spage423en_US
dc.citation.volumeNumber47
dc.contributor.authorMühürcüoğlu, Korhanen_US
dc.date.accessioned2019-02-21T16:03:16Z
dc.date.available2019-02-21T16:03:16Z
dc.date.issued2020-05en_US
dc.departmentDepartment of Political Science and Public Administrationen_US
dc.description.abstractIn the late 19th-century Ottoman novel, an iconic character draws attention: the alla franca dandy; a man who admires the Western culture to the point of mindless imitation, and who stands aloof from his own society as he condemns the Ottoman/Islamic culture in aesthetical terms. He was born out of the Ottoman intellectuals’ ideas of and anxiety over Westernization, who sought to modernize the society without subverting the traditional foundations. As the Ottoman/Islamic and Western cultures collided, the alla franca dandy figure became the embodiment of Westernization gone astray and served the intellectuals’ objective to educate the masses by setting a bad example to be avoided. However, though the alla franca dandy figure was brought forth, in this manner, to circumscribe the proper limits of modernization, he ironically evolved, through the novels of different authors, to express individualistic attitudes, and put forth a modernist critique of the Ottoman/Islamic tradition as the intellectuals’ epistemological assumptions eroded and the society’s present is questioned and problematized as in need of intervention.
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/13530194.2018.1500271
dc.identifier.eissn1469-3542en_US
dc.identifier.issn1353-0194
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11693/50091
dc.language.isoEnglish
dc.publisherRoutledge
dc.relation.isversionofhttps://doi.org/10.1080/13530194.2018.1500271
dc.source.titleBritish Journal of Middle Eastern Studiesen_US
dc.titleThe alla franca dandy; modernity and the novel in the late 19th-century Ottoman Empireen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
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