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Document Type:Latin Dissertation
Language of Document:English
Record Number:55687
Doc. No:TL25641
Call number:‭3327279‬
Main Entry:G. Carole Woodall
Title & Author:Sensing the city: Sound, movement, and the night in 1920s IstanbulG. Carole Woodall
College:New York University
Date:2008
Degree:Ph.D.
student score:2008
Page No:321
Abstract:“Sensing the City” examines the perceived and embodied urban modern sensory experience of 1920s Istanbul and the district of Beyoğlu. Specifically, it explores the concept of the “decadent modern” as a way to address what contemporary critics and Turkish republican scholars have referred to as a “crisis.” While the 1920s encompassed a significant historical moment, it is underutilized in Turkish historiography to elucidate the discursive framing of modern life spanning the late-Ottoman imperial and early Turkish republican experiences. Through the use of varied materials and archives—including illustrated magazines, satirical gazettes, commercial directories, telephone books, novellas, African-American and foreign press, travel guides, maps, photographs and illustrations, travel writings, memoirs, and oral narratives—I present a sensorial portrait of 1920s Istanbul that presents a more complicated picture of early republican history and of the city. I highlight the significance of the transnational circulation of 1920s cultural artifacts and local reactions, interpretations, and perceptions fleshing out Istanbul’s popular culture. The experience of the city creates the substance of crisis. In Beyoğlu and Galata, the polyglot quality of the district was central to the perceived decadence of the urban experience. This polyglot character was embedded in experiences of the streets, in dance halls and bars, and in decadence narratives, which incited intrigue and distaste. This concern resonated with state, elite, and middle class visions of the republic. Polyglotism was the sensory modern experience that was a threat and a lure. Using what I refer to as “decadence narratives”—drug addiction, jazz listening, and mixed-sex jazz dancing—I trace the public debate about the crisis over the “decadent modern.” I look at the ways that sensory and embodied experiences informed the city and modern nightlife. Identifying decadence was at the heart of how to become appropriately modern. The construction of decadence, however, was multilayered—spatial, temporal, tonal, kinaesthetic, and linguistic. I isolate and interweave these elements in each chapter highlighting particular historical realities and implications of the city and the district of Beyoğlu as being “in exile” to the burgeoning republic of the 1920s.
Subject:Social sciences; Beyoglu; Cocaine; Decadence; Istanbul; Jazz; Nineteen 20s; Social dance; Turkey; White Russians; Cultural anthropology; Middle Eastern history; 0326:Cultural anthropology; 0333:Middle Eastern history
Added Entry:K. Fahmy
Added Entry:New York University