Decentred Epical Hero in Orhan Pamuk’s 'A Strangeness in My Mind'


  • Gülnur Demirci Karadeniz Technical University


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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How to Cite

Demirci, G. (2016). Decentred Epical Hero in Orhan Pamuk’s ’A Strangeness in My Mind’. Journal of Narrative and Language Studies, 4(6). Retrieved from