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Why Cry? Sezen Aksu's Diva Citizenship

Why Cry? Sezen Aksu's Diva Citizenship

Chapter:
(p.107) 4 Why Cry? Sezen Aksu's Diva Citizenship
Source:
The Republic of Love
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226775074.003.0004

This chapter explores pop diva Sezen Aksu's 1995 album, Işık doğudan yükselir, Ex Oriente lux (Light from the East) in relation to the radical transformations of Turkey's neoliberal 1990s. It discusses how Aksu's version of the song “Ne ağlarsın” became an icon of national soulfulness. In part, its iconic status rested on its evocation of a deeply familiar trope: nation imagined as suffering woman.

Keywords:   Sezen Aksu, popular music, Turkish music, neoliberalism, Turkey, Işık doğudan yükselir, Ex Oriente lux, nation, suffering woman

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