Turkish-German Relations in Literary History From the Fifteenth Through the Twenty-First Century
Theoretical Reflections on the Study of Turkish-German Relations, Past and Present: Methodology, Critical Issues, and ResearchAlbrecht Classen
This article intends to lay the theoretical groundwork for the subsequent detailed studies addressing the relationship between Turkey (the Ottoman Empire and the successor state) and Germany (also with a rather checkered history) throughout time, focusing on literary and other documents. Differences between languages, religions, and cultures have always been difficult barriers, but we know of a long history of contacts, exchanges, and a mutual learning process. In order to understand the phenomena addressed in this volume, this paper reflects on the notions of xenology and xenophilia and indicates the various avenues to explore this interdisciplinary field of investigations.