Author(s): Betul Ensari*

There have been some studies reading British classic detective fiction and American hard-boiled detective novels as trauma narratives. Nevertheless, to my knowledge, any studies exploring early Turkish detective fiction within the framework of trauma studies have not been done yet. This article aims to demonstrate that early Turkish detective novels particularly the detective series of Amanvermez Avni reveal the anxiety and shock of the Turkish nation in the face of modernization and industrialization as well as upcoming social upheavals and wars in the nineteenth century. By comparing the detective heroes and the narrative of the detective novels written by Sir Artur Canon Doyle and Ebüssüreyya Sami, this study also provides a glimpse of the fact that traumatic experiences raise similar responses in the writers/survivors regardless of nation and ethnicity.


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