The Last of an Age: The Making and Unmaking of a Sixteenth-Century Ottoman Poet

1st Edition

Sooyong Kim

Published December 5, 2017
Reference - 156 Pages - 1 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781409440994 - CAT# Y240768


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In The Last of an Age, Sooyong Kim explores the relationship between

social change and the development of an Ottoman literary canon in the

course of the sixteenth century by examining the work and reception of

a popular poet, Zati (1471–1546). Kim argues that a newly emergent

group of bureaucratic literati, through the production of authoritative biographical

dictionaries, ultimately relegated Zati to a lesser literary age,

driven by a self-fashioning that privileged broad linguistic ability, above

all else, with poetry serving as the main vehicle for demonstrating that.

This study is interdisciplinary in approach, taking insights from literary

studies, cultural history, and social theory. It adds to the scholarship

on the rise of early modern Ottoman canons in the fields of visual arts

and music and complements recent work on court patronage. Framed by

ongoing critiques of canon formation among specialists of early modern

Europe and late imperial China, the study offers a comparative perspective

on those issues.

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