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Staging Queer Marxism in the Age of State Feminism: Gender, Sexuality, and the Nation in Hüseyin Rahmi Gürpınar's Kadın Erkekleşince (When Woman Becomes Masculine)


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The rise of European dramatic forms in the Ottoman Empire beginning in the nineteenth century was a process that reflected the turbulent political environment, which would culminate in the transition from the Empire to the nation-state in 1923. In this period, the governing elite, dissident intellectuals, and members of different ethnic groups utilized the theatre to propagate diverse and at times conflicting political views and desires for the future. Moreover, fantasies of modernization and Europeanization rendered the theatre a site where individuals rehearsed and performed new modes of Ottoman and Turkish subjectivity not only on- but also offstage. Gender and sexuality were often at the core of the processes through which people negotiated the politics of belonging in and through the theatre.

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