The interaction between diplomacy and literature functions in various ways. Diplomacy does not merely appear in non-fictional and fictional literature as thematic material, but also shapes form, while literature, in search of aesthetic representation, depicts diplomatic activity. This seminar aims to discuss diplomacy as a practice of communication and semiotic exchange and the representation of diplomatic activities in literature in the sixteenth century during Queen Elizabeth’s and Sultan Murad III’s reigns. Gifts and letters exchanged in abundance as part of the diplomacy between the Ottoman Empire and the English sovereignty in the sixteenth century provide an invaluable evaluation of diplomatic poetics in early modern literary studies and in redefining Europe.
SPEAKER: Dr Gül Kurtuluş, Acting ChairBilkent University, Department of English Language and Literature
DATE: 02 May 2013 Thursday
VENUE: Mehmet Akif Ersoy Hall, Beytepe