The Republic of Love

The Republic of Love

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At the heart of The Republic of Love are the voices of three musiciansa€”queer nightclub star Zeki MA¼ren, arabesk originator Orhan Gencebay, and pop diva Sezen Aksua€”who collectively have dominated mass media in Turkey since the early 1950s. Their fame and ubiquity have made them national iconsa€”but, Martin Stokes here contends, they do not represent the official version of Turkish identity propagated by anthems or flags; instead they evoke a much more intimate and ambivalent conception of Turkishness. Using these three singers as a lens, Stokes examines Turkeya€™s repressive politics and civil violence as well as its uncommonly vibrant public life in which music, art, literature, sports, and journalism have flourished. However, Stokesa€™s primary concern is how MA¼ren, Gencebay, and Aksua€™s music and careers can be understood in light of theories of cultural intimacy. In particular, he considers their contributions to the development of a Turkish concept of love, analyzing the ways these singers explore the private matters of intimacy, affection, and sentiment on the public stage.At the heart of The Republic of Love are the voices of three musiciansa€”queer nightclub star Zeki MA¼ren, arabesk originator Orhan Gencebay, and pop diva Sezen Aksua€”who collectively have dominated mass media in Turkey since the early ...


Title:The Republic of Love
Author: Martin Stokes
Publisher:University of Chicago Press - 2010-10-01
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