Karagöz and His World: Grotesque Imagery in the Turkish Shadow Theatre

Erdoğan, Necmi (Articol)

“Based on an analysis of the already transcribed karagöz “scenarios”, this study argues that the Turkish shadow theatre is characterized by a grotesque imagery. Its principal stock character, Karagöz, is a fool hero who turns the world upside down and inside out in a grotesque manner. Karagöz is also marked by what Bakhtin calls “carnivalization of speech”, i.e. freeing language from gloomy seriousness of the official culture and subverting truisms. The study also asserts that karagöz defies the commonplace classification of the Ottoman cultural field in terms of impermeable and mutually exclusive categories of “high culture” and “folk culture”.”

Cuvinte cheie: Bakhtin, folk culture, folk laughter, grotesque, and Turkish shadow theatre

Revista de etnografie și folclor / Journal of Ethnography and Folklore

2014, nr. 1-2