A DOT ON THE MAP: ISLAND AS A PLACE OF ENCOUNTERS AND OPPOSITIONS IN THE CINEMA OF TURKEY
Borders and Ghosts: Migratory Hauntings in Contemporary Visual Cultures
March , 2020
Language tr
Subjects Art, Communication
Journal Section Features
Authors

Orcid: 0000-0003-2124-252X
Author: Burcu DABAK ÖZDEMİR (Primary Author)
Institution: YAŞAR ÜNİVERSİTESİ
Country: Turkey


Author: Melek ATABEY
Institution: YAŞAR ÜNİVERSİTESİ
Country: Turkey


Dates Publication Date : April 15, 2020

Islands are one of the oldest and the most familiar elements in storytelling, for they present limitless narrative possibilities. As a narrative setting, they provide an unparalleled opportunity to explore the binary oppositions that mark the human condition and to analyze the relationship between geography and culture. But while islands have received much attention in the fields of geography, cultural studies, and literature, they have received comparatively little in the field of film studies, and none in the context of the cinema of Turkey. Therefore, this study aims to discuss the representation of islands in cinema in Turkey and the ways in which islands contribute to film narratives. This study selects three films for analysis and discussion: Yaban (The Savage), Ada (Island), and Bi Küçük Eylül Meselesi (A Small September Affair). It evaluates each according to the ways it uses the island as a film location and as a place of oppositions, centering on the reasons why particular oppositions are preferred in the narratives and on the films’ relationships with their contemporary cultural, economic, and political contexts. The study uses critical discourse analysis to examine the three films in terms of the themes of desire/fear, order/disorder, familiar/stranger, and solitude/entertainment, all of which are drawn from theoretical approaches to the subject.

Island, nissology, cinema of Turkey, Robinsonade, binary oppositions

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