Fact and fiction: subverting orientalism in Ann Bridge's The dark moment

  • Isil Bas
Keywords: orientalism / Turkey / British literature / transculturalism

Abstract

While postcolonial criticism has extensively traced the Western women writers's accounts of the Orient, Ann Bridge's contribution to the genre remained unheard-of. In The Dark Moment she tells the story of the foundation of the Turkish republic after the struggle against Western imperialism, a theme highly controversial for a British diplomat's wife. Moreover, she plays with the conventions and representational strategies of traditional Orientalist narratives inverting each in turn to create an unprejudiced awareness of the historical context and the social and cultural specificities of Turkey and the Turk thereby foregrounding dialogical transculturality over intercultural penetration.

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Published
2013-12-31
How to Cite
Bas, I. (2013). Fact and fiction: subverting orientalism in Ann Bridge’s The dark moment. Acta Neophilologica, 46(1-2), 53-63. https://doi.org/10.4312/an.46.1-2.53-63
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