Yigit Bener's Missing Stones: Hermeneutics of the Symbolic Death, the Wedge between the Personal and the Social

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Birlik N.

INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES OF LITERATURE, vol.2, no.2, pp.212-225, 2018 (AHCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 2 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Journal Indexes: Arts and Humanities Citation Index (AHCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.212-225
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Yigit Bener . s Missing Stones (Eksik Taslar, 2001) traces, through Devrim's dig into his past, his father's, Erdinc's life after the military cue in 1980 in Turkey and how his utopian ideals turn his life into a nightmare when he discovers that what he has fought for so far are formulated on a will to pox cr rather than absolute ideals. Erdinc cannot go back to his previous life as all the previous parameters were shattered irreparably. He faces a social and intellectual dislocation. After Devrim contacts Erdinc who is in seclusion on a small island, through his role as a father, it seems, Erdinc will reposition himself in his culture. This time the father-son relationship is reversed: through his son he will forge new links to hold things together. The novel puts Erdinc's troubled relationship with the discourse he lives in and his search for a new operating master signifier(s) right at its center and it is for this reason that this essay seeks to give a Lacanian hearing to Erdinc's sense of rootlessness and his abortive attempts to escape it, and to explore the process he parts political company with his political network and how he justifies his political dissociation using Lacanian ideas of symbolic narcissistic gratification, ego ideal and jouissance as conceptual tools.