Istanbul the Muse: Gateways to the World
This course explores Turkish cultural and political history over the last century with a focus on the city of Istanbul. We will examine the opposing concepts that have been used to define the city (e.g., East/West, past/present, local/migrant, preservation/development) and competing memories of its diverse inhabitants through art, film, literature, and music. This course is an excellent preparation for students wishing to spend a quarter with the Bing Overseas Studies Program in Istanbul, Turkey, although it is open to any interested student. All readings and screenings will be in English.