Insidious Trauma and Traumatized Masculinities in Orhan Pamuk’s The Red-Haired Woman
Matching “a narratological analysis of culture” with “a cultural analysis of narratives,” the principal interest of this chapter is to discuss Pamuk’s treatment of masculinity around father-son problems in The Red-Haired Woman, using the “guardianship of the military” as a critical issue in the background to elaborate on the controversial (militaristic and paternalistic) modernization process of Turkey. The father and the substitute father in the novel are oppressors, role models, and victims at the same time, which gives Pamuk the opportunity to discuss diverse patterns and modes of masculinity. The father’s being a coup victim brings an added historical dimension to the story, which introduces the insidious trauma caused by military coups in Turkey as a fundamental constituent of Turkish masculinities.
KeywordsTrauma Military coup Orhan Pamuk Red-Haired Woman Oriental father
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