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(p.189) 6 Conclusion
The Republic of Love
University of Chicago Press

This chapter presents some final thoughts from the author. The aim of this book has been to find a way of talking about the singular contributions of Zeki Müren, Orhan Gencebay, and Sezen Aksu. It has attempted to understand these musicians as complex wholes, however elusive their traces in Turkish culture. The book also contributes to a growing interest in “sentimentalism's unfinished business.” Discredited by romanticism and modernism, the Western culture of sentiment either disappeared from view or was pushed to the ideological margins. But it has persisted as popular culture, where its dissonant registers of affective recognition constitute powerful, if politically ambivalent, claims about intimacy in the public sphere.

Keywords:   Zeki Müren, Orhan Gencebay, Sezen Aksu, musicians, Turkish culture, sentimentalism, popular culture, intimacy

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