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The Republic of Love: CULTURAL INTIMACY IN TURKISH POPULAR MUSIC

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Author: MARTIN STOKES
ISBN: 9780226775050
Original Region: United States
Original Language: English
Publication Date: 2010
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At the heart of The Republic of Love are the voices of three musicians—queer nightclub star Zeki Müren, arabesk originator Orhan Gencebay, and pop diva Sezen Aksu—who collectively have dominated mass media in Turkey since the early 1950s. Their fame and ubiquity have made them national icons—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 Turkey’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, Stokes’s primary concern is how Müren, Gencebay, and Aksu’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.

About the Author:

Martin Stokes is the King Edward Professor of Music at King's College London. He is the author or editor of several books including The Arabesk Debate: Music and Musicians in Modern Turkey.

Review:

“The Republic of Love, ‘a cultural history of Turkey since 1950 told through its music,’ is a strikingly insightful analysis of the intricate ways in which popular musicians—focal points of intense nostalgia, and voices of cultural intimacy, as [Martin Stokes] calls them—have connected the private and public spheres of everyday life in Turkey, shaping an intimate as opposed to an official idea of the nation from the 1950s onwards, carrying society through a major urban transformation.”

— Alan Duben | New Perspectives on Turkey

Award:

Society for Ethnomusicology: Alan Merriam Award

Hardcover: 240 pages

Product Dimensions: 6 x 9’’

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Contents:

Acknowledgments

Note on Orthography, Notational Conventions, and Names

List of Illustrations

1 Introduction

2 Zeki Müren: Sun of Art, Ideal Citizen

3 The Affectionate Modernism of Orhan Gencebay

4 Why Cry? Sezen Aksu’s Diva Citizenship

5 Three Versions of “Beloved Istanbul”

6 Conclusion

Sources

Index

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