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Spring 2011


Literature is both a reflection of the environment in which it is written and a force of change. It acts both as a record of events and as a spark to influence the future. In examining the presentation of self-identity in Turkish novels of the 1980’s, it becomes clear that it was not just the literature that was influenced by history, but the subjects of the literature as well. Both Adalet Ağaoğlu’s Curfew and Bilge Karasu’s Night present the self-identity of Turks in the 1980’s as being directly tied to the state and modern history of Turkey.