Nazim Hikmet's Sevdali Bulut: The Game with the Grand Narratives

Ozum A.

MILLI FOLKLOR, no.97, pp.122-134, 2013 (Journal Indexed in AHCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Title of Journal : MILLI FOLKLOR
  • Page Numbers: pp.122-134


Nazim Hikmet rewrote some of the folk tales collected by Pertev Naili Boratav's students, which were published in 1968 under the title of Sevdali Bulut. He wrote some of the folk tales in Sevdali Bulut by adding his own interpretation and thus making some thematic and technical changes under the light of his own experience and worldview. In this study the folk tales entitled "Az Gittiler Uz Gittiler," "Ogluma Masal-I," "Ogluma Masal-II" and "Sevdali Bulut" are analysed as "small narratives" from the perspective of the concepts of "grand narratives" and "small narratives" explained by Jean-Francois Lyotard in Postmodern Condition: A Report on Knowledge (1979). The aim of this analysis is to point out how Nazim Hikmet builds a connection between social realism and grand narratives in terms of theme and style in the folk tales mentioned above. In conclusion, it is shown that although Nazim Hikmet thematically practises social realism in these folk tales, the poet creates small narratives in terms of style through the changes he makes without adhering to the original form of the folk tales.