Title Oedipus in Nişantaşı. A Psychoanalytic View to Orhan Pamuk’s Story “Pencereden Bakmak
Authors Piotr KAWULOK
Abstract The topic of Orhan Pamuk’s story Pencereden Bakmak, included in his book Öteki Renkler, is a trauma experienced by the narrator in his childhood. Ali returns home from school early one day to witness his father’s departing to Paris and leaving his family. After this event all Ali’s efforts towards symbolization and to give meaning to the world, in which previously he managed to succeed, are now beginning to fail and in the end Ali finds himself facing the insufferable reality. In this way Pamuk’s story on one hand tells about the subject’s loss of wholeness and his search for himself, struggle to reintegrate all the parts of his identity, which is one of the main topics of modern literature; and on the other hand the story contains the problems which have been the focal point of the psychoanalysis theory created by Sigmund Freud and developed by Jacques Lacan. In my paper, I will attempt to read the Pamuk’s story using psychoanalytic approach. I will try to demonstrate a reading of the story in the context of Oedipus complex, a reading made possible by Ali’s self-accusation of his father’s leaving and by the fact that he gets closer to his mother afterwards. I will also analyze how Pamuk processes the classical mythological and psychoanalytical motif of Oedipus in his writing. The aim of this paper is to suggest a reading of Orhan Pamuk’s work in new dimensions by exploring the close relationship between literature and human psychology.
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Journal IJSES - International Journal of Social and Economic Sciences
Issue Issue 2
Page 55-57
Year 2011
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