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Homi Bhaba's Third Space in -zpetek's Cinema

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In his attempt to break down binary thought structures that characterise interactions between different cultures, in his 1994 work Location of culture, Homi Bhabha defines the term of third space as a place where identities can be renegotiated. The third space can be located beyond the bipolarity of us' and them' and thus is a territory where we can escape the dilemma of dichotomies and hierarchies. -zpetek, in Hamam, il bagno turco [Ferzan -zpetek, 1992] as well as in Harem suare [Ferzan -zpetek, 2001], seizes on the idea of Bhaba's third space to describe the encounter with the cultural other and the erotic attraction to the other. In Hamam as well as in Harem -zpetek is accused of applying an Orientalist approach by showing an utopian imagination of the Oriental Other. According to Said, the notion of the Orient is a discursive construct of the West, while the underlying construction is strictly dichotomic - us' vs. them' (Said 1978:44). Indeed, imaginary projections of the Orient are often claimed to be mere imaginations and explanations of the Other and the foreign (Breger & Doring 1998: 30). However, in -zpetek's films the constructs of Turkey should not be seen as merely following the Orientalist canon, but should rather be 'understood as a measure of -zpetek's nostalgia, as a transcultural person who now lives in Italy' (Anderlini 2004: 165). In his cinematic processing of concrete life experiences of diaspora, -zpetek relies on the concept of the third space, by applying it as a guide for a global re-mapping and leaving behind the binary division of West vs. East and traditional vs. modern. What is discussed in this essay is the hamam as the third space in -zpetek's Hamam and Harem, where people can negotiate their fixed cultural identities and hybridise with the Other. Thus, the third space is applied as an intercultural medium, a space for reflection and mediation (Breger & Doring 1998: 27). Before focusing on the hamam as the third space, the. Price: $30.50

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