• MA in Visual & Critical Studies

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    Ekin Kalayci


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    Thesis Abstract

    Making the New Turkish Woman from the Fantasy of the Modern West: Deciphering
    Images of Female Bodies in Early Republican Era Turkish Popular Magazines (1923–
    1945)

    The popular press served to reconstruct the female body as an integral part of Turkish
    westernization, a process that began in 1923 in the first decades of the nation’s
    establishment upon the remains of the Ottoman Empire. Images of Western women
    appeared copiously in popular magazines, carving out a new body for the new Turkish
    woman. This project explores how the Western female body was imagined in the popular
    Turkish press, and how this imaginary construction served to both change the Turkish
    woman and regulate that change. These changes, and the regulation of the changes, were
    central to executing the simultaneous undertakings of nation making and modernizing.
    This research looks at the fabrication of “ideal” and “other” identities through the female
    body, and how the process was run from the privileged power position of the male
    Turkish intelligentsia.