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Six Turkish Filmmakers

Wisconsin Film Studies Series
Patrick McGilligan, Series Editor

A personal odyssey through the work of six auteurs

Examining the vanguard of New Turkish Cinema, Laurence Raw shows how these films reveal the effects of profound socioeconomic change on ordinary people in contemporary Turkey.

In analysis of and personal interviews with Derviş Zaim, Zeki Demirkubuz, Semih Kaplanoğlu, Çağan Irmak, Tolga Örnek, and Palme d'Or winner Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Raw draws connections with Turkish theater, art, sculpture, literature, poetry, philosophy, and international cinema. A native of England and a twenty-five-year resident of Turkey, Raw interleaves his film discussion with thoughtful commentary on nationalism, gender, personal identity, and cultural pluralism.

Laurence RawLaurence Raw is a professor of English at Başkent University in Turkey. He is the author of Exploring Turkish Cultures and Impressions of the Turkish Stage, in addition to numerous books on British and American literature and film.




“Raw chooses filmmakers whose films individually, and differently, reflect personal encounters with the culture, history, and politics of the Republic of Turkey. Replete with keen insights, this book is a delight to read and a model for compelling film scholarship and cultural commentary.”
—Dennis Rothermel,California State University, Chico

“Surprising and innovative. Raw integrates historical research with literary references and personal reflections, using the work of contemporary Turkish filmmakers to discuss pressing issues of identity and transcultural understanding.”
—Iain Robert Smith,King's College London


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Six Turkish Filmmakers

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November 2017
LC: 2017010437 PN
224 pp. 6 x 9

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ISBN 978-0-299-31540-5
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