Decentred Epical Hero in Orhan Pamuk’s 'A Strangeness in My Mind'
The decentred epic narratives are persistently dealing with the editing of history, deconstructing the ideas of heroism, glory and nationalism and reconstructing the so-called "hero." This paper deals with Orhan Pamuk's postmodern epical story, A Strangeness in My Mind (2015) within the context of postmodernist literature and explores the novel as a postmodernist epic. The paper argues that A Strangeness in My Mind, raising the issues pertaining to fluctuating historical states of modernism(s) and postmodernism(s), can be read and reviewed as a textual parody of premodern and modern epics, and that Pamuk's narrative rewrites/reconstructs the cultural history of modern Istanbul from the perspective of the non-İstanbulite (and non-elite) central character. This paper, therefore, firstly explores how the picaresque narrative of Mevlut debunks the expectations from a conventional heroic epic-story, undermining the "classical" heroic traits and secondly, the paper analyse the way the decentred epical hero is revealed to deconstruct the modern(ist) epic heroes; and lastly, the exhibits how the concepts of "conquest and victory" are called into question through the controlled involvement of the mildly detached and placid character in the events.
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