Transience, absurdity, dreams and other illusions: Turkish shadow play

  title={Transience, absurdity, dreams and other illusions: Turkish shadow play},
  author={Canan Balan},
  journal={Early Popular Visual Culture},
  pages={171 - 185}
  • Canan Balan
  • Published 1 July 2008
  • Art
  • Early Popular Visual Culture
The shadow theatre in Turkey was most commonly known as ‘Karagöz’. Under the influence of Sufi thought with its references to the real world as mimicry of the world of ideas, Turkish shadow play might resemble Plato's cave. The prologue and the representational style of the play, its former and modern names ‘Hayal’ and ‘Gölge Oyunu’ (‘shadow play’) and the main character's name ‘Karagöz’ (literally, ‘black eyed’) demand an active mode of viewing. Karagöz shows constituted a social activity in… 
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