Reflections of Conservatism and Nostalgia in Yahya Kemal Beyatlı and Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar’s Representation of Istanbul

Thesis Type: Postgraduate

Institution Of The Thesis: Middle East Technical University, Turkey

Approval Date: 2015

Thesis Language: English

Student: Ercan Çankaya



The aim of this study is to investigate Istanbul nostalgia in texts and poems by Yahya Kemal Beyatlı and Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar. The nostalgia of Istanbul in texts belonging to these two intellectuals is closely connected with their conservative thinking style. Therefore, this study will be separated into two main parts. The first part of the study will focus on the appearance of conservatism in Turkey as a thinking style and a result of the East and the West issue. It will be determined in which points Beyatlı and Tanpınar were participating in conservative thinking in Turkey through citations from their original texts as well as second-hand sources about them. The second part of the study will focus on nostalgic Istanbul representations produced by the conservative thinking style of these two intellectuals. For this reason, architectural transformations in the city and the daily life of the city will be taken into account, and it will be determined to what extent these fit the conservative ideals of Beyatlı and Tanpınar and to what extent and by which means they contribute to the production of nostalgic Istanbul representations.