• First Language: Turkish

  • Subjects:  Women’s Studies

  • Journal Section: Research Article

  • Authors: İlkay ÖZKÜRALPLİ
    İstanbul Arel University, Sociology Department, Research Assistant

  • Dates: 1 June 2013

The Role of Homeland Concept as a desideratum in the Construction of Tanzimat Era’s Masculinity This study explores masculinity and the ideology of nationalism during the Tanzimat era. I analyze Namık Kemal’s literary piece, Vatan yahut Silistre, by contextualizing it within the Tanzimat period of Turkish literature. Pursuing Deleuzien analysis of desire, as a simultaneous production of the desire and the object of the desire, I explore masculinity as an object of desire which is deemed as a part of homeland. I also underline the importance of the homeland, as the very determining concept for society’s masculinist hierarchy. Using the methodological tools of textual analysis, I show mutually constitutive characteristics of the relationship between nationalism as a power discourse and gender. By this, I emphasize the gender dimension of nationalism, which exists at irritating levels with its racist reflections in contemporary discourses.

Vatan Yahut Silistre, nationalism, masculinity, patriotism, desire

İstanbul Arel University, Sociology Department, Research Assistant