THE JOURNAL “KARDAŞ EDEBİYATLAR” AS A PIONEER SOURCE OF THE TURKISH WORLD IN THE RECENT PERIOD

Nesrin KARACA

ABSTRACT

Beginning its broadcasting life in Erzurum in 1982 and prepared as a three-month journal later in İzmır until 1999, Kardaş Edebiyatlar has been a significant media organ of the Turkish cultural world especially in terms of its function as a source. It published 45 issues during a period of 18 years and has been recognized as a pioneer both in Turkey and in the Turkish world.

The journal was established by Prof. Dr. Yavuz Akpınar, who is one of the esteemed experts of the literature of the Turkish world, while he was working in Ankara University; and the content of it was also determined by him as he was the president of the editorial board. It embodied not only serious researches upon the literatures of the Turkish world, but also important pieces of these literatures in the form of articles, essays, poems and stories. In that it served as a cultic journal that accomplished the significant mission of providing knowledge and opinion upon the past and present of a number of literatures, such as those of Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Tatarstan, and so on.

Kardaş Edebiyatlar aimed on the one hand to portray the literature, intellectual world, social and political situation of the Turkic tribes to Turkey and introduce their socio-cultural life; and on the other to form a bridge between them. Yavuz Akpınar summarizes the objective of the journal as follows: “If we can get to learn about the literature and social life of the Turkmens, Uzbeks and Balkans by means of this journal; by the same means they can get to know about our literature.”

Kardaş Edebiyatlar stands out among the other journals published in Turkey upon the Turkish world in the sense that it contributed a lot to the literatures of the Turkish world, by bringing together writers that share a common purpose from both the academia and the cultural hinterland; and in that it served as a school that carried out scientific struggle.

In the journal, along with articles on the literatures of Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan, there can be found publicities of poets, scientists and writers, and adding them up to poems, stories and essays on other topics, there are 24 pieces in total; which will be analyzed in this study within the framework of content analysis.

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