Nasreddin Hodja’s foolish wisdom:
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Nasreddin Hodja’s foolish wisdom: Slavic literary adaptations of a Turkish folk hero
Nasreddin Hodja’s foolish wisdom: Slavic literary adaptations of a Turkish folk hero

Author(s): Charles Sabatos
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies
Published by: Ústav svetovej literatúry, Slovenská akadémia vied
Keywords: Nasreddin Hodja; Slavic literature; Comparative literature; Turkish culture

Summary/Abstract: The Turkish comic folk hero Nasreddin Hodja is known across the Muslim and former Ottomanworld, but he also has a unique place in modern Slavic literatures (Russian, Bosnian/Serbian, Bulgarian, and Czech). What is interesting in each of these works is the way that thischaracter has been adapted as a transcultural icon, transforming his medieval Islamic spiritinto something suitable for modern national literatures while preserving his essential comicqualities. Nasreddin’s Slavic “afterlife” is not simply a forerunner of literary globalization, italso shows how exotic figures allow expanded freedom of expression under various forms ofcultural repression.

  • Issue Year: 8/2016
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 35-46
  • Page Count: 12
  • Language: English