City of the Blind and Finding the City: The 'Other' Istanbul
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City of the Blind is a love story set to the backdrop of the social and political dichotomy of modern Istanbul. It is told from the perspective a young Welsh woman as she embarks on a relationship with a Turkish writer accused of and then arrested for being anti-Turkish. Key inspiration for the story was the works and life of Orhan Pamuk, whose reflections on in his own experiences in his non-fiction, like Istanbul: Memories and the City (2005), and fiction, like Snow (2005), were a major source of ideas, style and history. City of the Blind is presented as a novella, however it is the first of four parts of a novel. Finding the City: the ‘Other’ Istanbul focused on how much creative writing can be seen as a research method. Discussion was based on how research into Freud’s The Uncanny (1919) and the current critical discourse of the ‘Other’ and the ‘Double’ helped to inspire and develop the writing of City of the Blind. Through understanding different concepts and applying a suitable reflective model, it was argued that even though the initial idea was based in the imagination, the development of the writing and the final creative artifact was also a consequence of meaningful research. In this way, it was concluded, the unconscious act of creativity, the act or writing and the rigors of practice-based research can have a symbiotic relationship. They create a selfperpetuating cycle that can contribute meaningful to the field of research and allow creative writing to be considered a form of research.
MA English and Creative Writing
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