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By Carel Bertram

Homes can turn into poetic expressions of eager for a misplaced previous, voices of a lived current, and goals of a terrific destiny. Carel Bertram stumbled on this fact whilst she went to Turkey within the Nineteen Nineties and started asking humans approximately their stories of ''the Turkish house.'' the partiality and nostalgia with which individuals recalled the detailed wood homes that have been as soon as ubiquitous during the Ottoman Empire made her notice that ''the Turkish house'' contains wealthy symbolic that means. during this delightfully readable ebook, Bertram considers representations of the Turkish apartment in literature, artwork, and structure to appreciate why the assumption of the home has turn into the sort of effective signifier of Turkish id. Bertram's exploration of the Turkish condominium indicates how this selection of Ottoman tradition took on symbolic which means within the Turkish mind's eye as Turkey grew to become extra Westernized and secular within the early many years of the 20 th century. She indicates how artists, writers, and designers all drew at the reminiscence of the Turkish condominium as an area the place altering notions of spirituality, modernity, and identity--as good because the social roles of ladies and the family--could be approached, contested, revised, or embraced in this interval of tumultuous switch.

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That is, the viewer sees a depiction of a house exterior, but what comes to mind is something more complex, such as what the interior might look like, or the idea of an entire neighborhood made up of similar houses. In this case, the depiction stands for the generic. ¹¹ Nonetheless, when sign and symbol are used interchangeably, as often happens, there is rarely a loss of understanding. Rather, what is really interesting is just how a representation (as a sign) gets its meaning or becomes symbolic.

Wall painting in Nizamoğlu house of local fire. From Arık, Batılılaşma Dönemi Anadolu Tasvir Sanati, p. 61. indb 45 5/23/08 12:57:07 PM Istanbul, Cengelköy. The Sadrullah Pasha Yalısı. From Renda, A History of Turkish Painting, p. 84. indb 46 5/23/08 12:57:08 PM bringing the turkish house into focus |  imaginary, and perhaps because of this they produced no art historical future in that they did not become at a later date representative of the period in which they were produced (or used) and therefore held no affective resonance.

Reproduced courtesy of the Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Photochrome Collection, ppmsc-09311. indb 21 5/23/08 12:57:05 PM  | imagining the turkish house Urban houses and even many rural ones were almost invariably a minimum of two stories in height, with the ground floor acting as a service area for animals or for storage. The living rooms were situated above. In houses with more than two stories, the highest floor was often used for summer residence and the middle floors were used during the winter, as these best held the heat.

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