Linguistics and Literature Studies Vol. 9(1), pp. 1 - 11
DOI: 10.13189/lls.2021.090101
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The Architectural Experience and Configuring the Narrative Spaces in Hikmet's Poetry

Efe Duyan *
Department of Architecture, Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Turkey


This paper aims to analyze Turkish modernist poet Nâzım Hikmet's architectural spaces in his poetry from the perspective of Paul Ricoeur's theory of architecture and literature to unfold their artistic impact. As an interdisciplinary field, the narratology of space is directly linked to architecture and literature mainly dealing with the described spaces in fiction. Phenomenology and cognitive research, on the other hand, provides a background for the emotional experience of space. Paul Ricoeur's parallelism of architecture and literature rooted in phenomenology will be interpreted from the perspective of narratology of space to provide the main methodology of the research. Paul Ricoeur's theory not only offers a temporal perspective of the need, design, and experience but also provides an interchangeable terminology for narrative spaces. Taking his configuration concept into account, the modernist Turkish poet Nâzım Hikmet's narrative spaces will be analyzed. Ricoeur's theory presents a fitting methodology due to the socio-political discourse and the communicability of Hikmet's poetry. His narrative spaces in different periods will be interpreted according to their emphasis on certain spatial aspects, namely, the emplotment, intelligibility, and context. It will be demonstrated how the spatial qualities of Hikmet's spaces generate corresponding artistic effects. In conclusion, it will be claimed that Hikmet's narrative architecture creates an artistic impact to be experienced by reproducing the main idea, acting as a separate symbol, or shifting the poem's context. The conclusions will also suggest a viewpoint of how narrative qualities may inspire architectural design due to its configurative artistic impact.

Narratology of Space, Poetry, Architecture, Nâzım Hikmet, Paul Ricoeur

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[1] Efe Duyan , "The Architectural Experience and Configuring the Narrative Spaces in Hikmet's Poetry," Linguistics and Literature Studies, Vol. 9, No. 1, pp. 1 - 11, 2021. DOI: 10.13189/lls.2021.090101.

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Efe Duyan (2021). The Architectural Experience and Configuring the Narrative Spaces in Hikmet's Poetry. Linguistics and Literature Studies, 9(1), 1 - 11. DOI: 10.13189/lls.2021.090101.