The presentation will focus on the development of the dizi genre since the mid-1990s.
Based on an 8 year-long research covering set visits and interviews with screenwriters, directors, editors, musicians and location scouts, this presentation tries to better understand the artistic construction of the ethnographical context of the dizi, the Turkish television drama, now ranking second among the globally exported content. The research follows a historical-ethnographic approach to the dizi industry, examining how it grew to be a different cultural genre since the 1970s. In its contemporary version, dizis came to offer a hybridity of different narrative forms including musical, spatial, dramaturgic and visual as much as textual. The literature on the emergence and development of other television serials around the world, like the soap opera, primetime TV drama, telenovela or musalsal, one can clearly see that they all point out: (1) to a particular historical-political context which made these genres appear; (2) to a traditional artistic domain which precedes them (popular theatrical forms, radio shows, etc.). The development of the Turkish dizi world has been historically tied to the international repertoire of television drama, the pioneering tele-narratives which determined the modes of ‘television watching’ for Turkish audiences. These foreign series also established the desire for similar content and production. The presentation will focus on the palimpsest development of the dizi genre, which evolved in time since the mid-1990s to get settled into a semi-structural form during the 2000s onwards.
Venue: Room E 102 Bushuis, Kloveniersburgwal 48 Amsterdam