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The Delight of Turkish Dizi

Memory, Genre and Politics of Television in Turkey

The first comprehensive study of dizi, a television genre unique to Turkey akin to soap opera or telenovela. 

Standing at the crossroads of folklore, media, and performance studies, Arzu Öztürkmen explores the rise of the dizi genre in Turkey since the 1970s, when national television broadcasting began in the country. The Delight of Turkish Dizi approaches this unique genre—not quite soap opera or telenovela—as an art form that developed with the collective creative input of writers, producers, directors, actors, editors, musicians, and, lately, international distributors. Öztürkmen shows how dizi-making is a marathon run by sprinters, where production and broadcasting processes have been tightly interwoven, offering a mode of communication and consumption that is distinct to the Turkish television industry. The research consists of oral history with key figures in dizi production and ethnographic surveys of film sets, international content markets, and award ceremonies. This first-ever monograph on Turkish dizi will be a valuable addition to the field of performance and media studies while delighting the general reader as well.

580 pages | 24 color plates | 6 x 9


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Table of Contents

CHAPTER I. Introduction
CHAPTER II. Growing Up with TRT: Remembering the Search for “Turkish Content”
CHAPTER III. Pillars of the Dizi Industry: Performance, Media and Advertising Sectors
CHAPTER IV. Emergence of Dizi as a Genre: From Script to Media Text
CHAPTER V. Turkish Styles of Pitching: Different Forms of Project Designs
CHAPTER VI. Constructing Stories and Their Sets: The World of Writers and Art Directors
CHAPTER VII. Coping with Fame: The Joy and Curse of Acting in Turkey
CHAPTER VIII. Behind the Scenes, Behind the Sets: The Dual Performance of the Cast and Crew
CHAPTER IX. The Wonderland of Global Markets: International Distribution of Turkish Dizis
CHAPTER X. Concluding Remarks

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