Cityscapes in Orhan Pamuk’s Oeuvre

PhD project, Uzma Ansari (2012-16)

This project focuses on the depiction of urban spaces in the novels of Orhan Pamuk in the light of Islamic Theosophy, which is a neo-platonic philosophy of Sufism giving a transcendentalist and also alternative critical perspective of modernity. The project analyses Pamuk’s unique descriptions of urban life and urban spaces, highlighting Sufic motifs and juxtaposing them with modern urban culture as portrayed by Pamuk in the Turkish context.