Near East University represented in the 1st International Turkish, Literature, Culture and Education Symposium held online

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Added On: 14 September 2020, Monday, 08:17
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Near East University represented in the 1st International Turkish, Literature, Culture and Education Symposium held online

Near East University Turkish Language Teaching Department faculty members Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mustafa Yeniasır and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Burak Gökbulut participated in the symposium with their paper titled “A Look at Özker Yaşın’s Bayraktar Folk Song and Zafer (Victory) and Bağış (Donation) in Terms of Literary Text Relations – Historical Event”.

“Literary works have great importance in the formation of national identity”
Speaking to the Press and Public Relations Directorate of Near East University, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mustafa Yeniasır and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Burak Gökbulut briefly said the following: “Literary works have great importance in the formation of national identity. When the works written by artists such as Süleyman Uluçamgil, Ahmet Gazioğlu and Özker Yaşın in Turkish Cypriot literature are examined, it can be pointed out that they generally reflect the feelings and thoughts of the society they belong to, and the pain and troubles that the Turkish Cypriots have experienced during the time. It can be said that when Özker Yaşın’s plays Bayraktar folk song and Zafer (Victory) ve Bağış (Donation) are examined in the context of history-literature relations, they are mostly in line with historical facts. While establishing the events in both works on historical facts, Yaşın also took care to give the cultural characteristics of the period. Especially in the play named Victory and Donation, he also included some of the important poets, architectural structures and some details about the Ottoman Palace. Before starting to write his play titled Victory and Donation, he read everything about the Selim II period, Yasef Nasi, and the conquest of Cyprus, and thus Yaşın was very objective in giving the characteristics of certain historical figures such as Sultan Selim, Suleiman the Magnificent, Sokollu Mehmet Pasha, and did not hesitate to mention about the shortcomings of the mentioned figures or their mistakes.

Özker Yaşın’s literary reconstruction of the conquest of Cyprus in 1571 and the pain and suffering of the Turkish Cypriots in 1958, can both be easily used as a complementary element in Cyprus history lessons. It can be said that both works of Yaşın will make an important contribution to the teaching of the history of Cyprus.