Imagined, Embodied and Actual Turks in the Early Modern Era.

Bent Holm / Mikael Bøgh Rasmussen (eds.)

ISBN 978-3-99012-124-5 (hbk)
ISBN 978-3-99012-126-9 (epub)
ISBN 978-3-99012-125-2 (pdf)

In Preparation.

The confrontation between European countries and the expanding Ottoman Empire in the early modern era has played a major role in numerous fields of history. In much modern historiography, however, its role tends to be minor, even though the image of the ‘Turk’ constituted a significant point of reference in a variety of interrelations, cultural, political and commercial. But more than just one image was in play, and the image was constantly challenged by encounters with actual Turks. The image was also imbued with filters of European self-imagining, as observers partly saw or depicted themselves in it. In short, the image flickers.
The aim of this book is to investigate the era's European-Ottoman interrelations from three angles. One concerns imagery: how were the Turks imagined and depicted in literature and art? Another examines performativity: how were the Turks inserted into plays, operas and ceremonies? The third deals with the actual circumstances: how did the Europeans meet the Turks in pragmatic and diplomatic connections? The crucial point, however, is that there is no clear distinction between these dimensions – they overlap and interfere. A specific motif did not necessarily mean one thing only and was not inherently one-dimensional. Its interpretation was a function of its contexts, several of which could be active simultaneously. European attitudes and interpretations, dependent upon actual and strategic circumstances, were not coherent either.
The focus, therefore, is on the dynamic interactive processes of experience, embodiment and imagination in context. This book confronts mental, visual and embodied images with historical positions and conditions. Bringing together Turkish and European scholars, it applies a number of research strategies used by historians to the history of art, literature, music and theatre.


Contributions by Pál Ács, Annick Born, Robert Born, Steijn Bussels, Aslı Çırakman, Anne Duprat, Kate Fleet, Steffen Heiberg, Bent Holm, Marcus Keller, Pia Schwarz Lausten, Peter Madsen, İlber Ortaylı, Bram Van Oostveldt, Maria Pia Pedani, Mikael Bøgh Rasmussen, Günsel Renda, Charlotte Colding Smith, Suna Suner, Dirk van Waelderen, Andrew Wheatcroft.

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