Orhan Pamuk, the winner of the Nobel Prize for literature in 2006, is a prominent novelist whose work raises questions regarding various crucial issues including identity, memory and the art of the novel itself. Pamuk’s oeuvre contains various metafictional elements that invite the reader to a space where the ‘text’ is constantly being re-written. Within this framework the role of the ‘writer’ is also called into question by the use of different strategies that challenge the singular authentic moment of creation. One such strategy that Pamuk uses in his narratives is the inclusion of ‘Orhan the writer’. The figure of ‘Orhan the writer’ appears in many of his narratives blurring the boundary between the real and the fictional. In this paper I will discuss the outcomes of this strategy raising questions regarding the function of the name as well as the singularity of the signature. Using the writings of Jacques Derrida as my main theoretical framework I will analyze the formation of the identity of the ‘writer’ alongside the ‘text’. Focusing on the different instances where ‘Orhan the writer’ appears in Pamuk’s writings I will explore the various discourses that contribute to the creation of identity.
|Keywords:||Metafiction, Authorship, Identity, Name-ing, Signature|
PhD Candidate, French Department, University College London, Istanbul, UK
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