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Author Stokes, Martin.

Title The republic of love : cultural intimacy in Turkish popular music / Martin Stokes
Published Chicago : University of Chicago Press, [2010]
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Description 1 online resource (xviii, 219 pages) : illustrations, map, music
Series Chicago studies in ethnomusicology
Chicago studies in ethnomusicology.
Contents Zeki Müren: sun of art, ideal citizen -- The affectionate modernism of Orhan Gencebay -- Why cry? Sezen Aksu's diva citizenship -- Three versions of "Beloved Istanbul."
Summary At the heart of The Republic of Love are the voices of three musicians -- queer nightclub star Zeki Muren, 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 Turkeyʹs repressive politics and civil violence as well as its uncommonly vibrant public life in which music, art, literature, sports, and journalism have flourished. However, Stokesʹs primary concern is how Muren, Gencebay, and Aksuʹs 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. -- Publisher description
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 195-210), filmography (page 211) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Yahya Kemal, 1884-1958 -- Musical settings -- History and criticism.
Aksu, Sezen.
Gencebay, Orhan.
Müren, Zeki, 1931-1996.
Yahya Kemal, 1884-1958. Aziz İstanbul.
Popular music -- Turkey -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
Singers -- Turkey.
Songs, Turkish -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0226775070 (electronic bk.)
9780226775074 (electronic bk.)
(cloth ; alk. paper)
(paperback; alk. paper)
(cloth ; alk. paper)
(paperback; alk. paper)