Comparative Analysis of Ahmet Hamdi Tanpinar’s Travels to European Countries

  • Aysel KAMAL
  • Sinem ATIS


Ahmet Hamdi Tanpinar (1901-1962) is one of the most controversial authors in the 20th century Turkish literature. Literature critics find it difficult to place him in a school of literature and thought. There are many reasons that they have caused Tanpinar to give the impression of ambiguity in his thoughts through his literary works. One of them is that he is always open to (even admires) the "other" thought to a certain age, and he considers synthesis thinking at later ages. Tanpinar states in the letter that he wrote to a young lady from Antalya that he composed the foundations of his first period aesthetics due to the contributions from western (French) writers. The influence of the western writers on him has also inspired his interest in the materialist culture of the West. In 1953 and 1959 he organized two tours to Europe in order to see places where Western thought and culture were produced. He shared his impressions that he gained in European countries in his literary works. In the literary works of Tanpinar, Europe comes out as an aesthetic object. The most dominant facts of this aesthetic are music, painting, etc. In this work, in the writings of Tanpinar about the countries that he travelled in Europe, some factors were detected like European culture, lifestyle, socio-cultural relations, art and architecture, political and social history and so on. And the effects of European countries were compared with Tanpinar’s thought and aesthetics. Keywords: Ahmet Hamdi Tanpinar, Europe, poetry, music, painting, culture, life
May 19, 2017
How to Cite
KAMAL, Aysel; ATIS, Sinem. Comparative Analysis of Ahmet Hamdi Tanpinar’s Travels to European Countries. European Journal of Multidisciplinary Studies, [S.l.], v. 5, n. 1, p. 78-84, may 2017. ISSN 2414-8385. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 17 july 2018. doi: