Cultural memory of social protest: Mnemonic literature about Gezi Park protests

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Abstract

This article problematizes the relation between the cultural memory and the Gezi Park protests which took place in 2013 in İstanbul. With this aim, a sample of the literature as the source for the analysis were selected. The selection of the literary productions were made purposively in order to analyze the memory of the Gezi Park protests in connection with the general understanding of the cultural memory. The relevance of the literature to the role of memory in social protest was analyzed on the basis of the three dimensional model of the relation between memory and literature by considering the working of three aspects of mnemonic mimesis: prefiguration, configuration, and reconfiguration. Consequently, literature as the mimesis of memory was connected to the analysis of the cultural memory of social protest. It was argued that the cultural memory of the Gezi Park protests contributes to the repertoire of the memory of the social protests in novel ways.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)288-302
Number of pages15
JournalMemory Studies
Volume14
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2021
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • cultural memory
  • literature
  • memory and social protest
  • the Gezi Park

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