Turkish women writers

Turkish women writers refers to Turkish women contributors to Turkish literature.[1] The area is parallel to Women's writing in English.


During the Ottoman era, there were only a few woman poets and novelists. Professor Nazan Bekiroğlu gives the priority to two woman poets; Zeynep Hatun and Mihri Hatun who lived in the 15th century.[2] But probably the best known woman poet was Fitnat Hanım of the 18th century. The first Ottoman novelists were Zafer Hanım who was the first author of a novel published in 1877 and Fatma Aliye who is considered by many as the first Turkish female novelist. ( Hatun and Hanım are titles equivalent to "lady"). Fatma Aliye's sister Emine Semiye Önasya was also a novelist and textbook author.

Early Republican eraEdit

The number of women poets and novelists increased sharply during the Turkish Republic (after 1923). The first novelists during the Republican era were Azmiye Hami Güven, author of a novel, Hemșire Nimet (Nimet, the Nurse), and several published stories and Halide Edip Adıvar.

Anthologies in EnglishEdit

The Oxford Guide to Literature in English Translation (2001) notes a boom in women's writing, but notes that these writers have failed to attract attention outside Turkey.[3] One of the first major anthologies of Turkish women authors was a collection translated by Nilüfer Mizanoğlu Reddy (1988).[4]

Notable writers and poetsEdit

See alsoEdit



  1. ^ Jane Eldrige Miller -Who's Who in Contemporary Women's Writing 2001 - Page 371 - Erol, S. (1995) 'Sexual Discourse in Turkish Fiction: Return of the Repressed Female Identity,' Edebiyat 6: 1 87-202. Giin, G. (1986) 'The Woman in the Dark Room: Contemporary Women Writers in Turkey,' World Literature Today 60, 1-2: "
  2. ^ "Turkish language and literature page" (in Turkish). Archived from the original on March 10, 2013. Retrieved Apr 30, 2020.
  3. ^ Peter France Oxford Guide to Literature in English Translation 2001 Turkey Page 623 "... the remarkable representatives of the boom in women's writing, have failed to attract the individual attention they deserve."
  4. ^ Twenty Stories by Turkish Women Writers (Indiana University Turkish Studies joint series with the Ministry of Culture of the Turkish Republic, v. 8.), trans. Nilufer Reddy Mizanoglu (Bloomington, Ind.: Indiana Univ. Turkish Studies, 1988). 14.

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