Are the television series modern form of the folk narratives? Televizyon dizileri halk hikâyelerinin modern şekli midir?

Çevik M.

Milli Folklor, vol.2015, no.106, pp.34-46, 2015 (Scopus) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 2015 Issue: 106
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Journal Name: Milli Folklor
  • Journal Indexes: Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.34-46
  • Keywords: Change, Folktale, Function, Television series, Tradition
  • Ankara Haci Bayram Veli University Affiliated: No


© 2015, Milli Folklor Dergisi. All rights reserved.Cultural products are subject to change over time, depending on education, science, technology, climate, geography, patterns of production-consumption and many other factors. This process of change may end up with the sustenance of a given cultural element in a new form or its absolute disappearance. In this sense, the function of the cultural element concerned and its capacity for responding to needs are important. Indeed, if any element of tradition or culture has completed its function and encountered a more powerful alternative to replace it, it is already in the process of change or disappearance. The transition of societies from oral culture frst to written and then to electronic culture has accelerated the change and transformation of many cultural products. In Turkish culture, as in almost all types of folk literature, folk narratives and storytelling traditions that developed by “âşık” or “meddah”, the people who tell/perform these stories, have undergone signifcant changes over time. These changes have recently exceeded the limits which tradition can maintain its existence, reaching the extent of metamorphosis. Related with that, the tradition started to lose its function that maintain its vitality throughout history and started to rapidly weaken against the new cultural products of modern world. Today, folk narratives seem to have been functionally replaced by the media, television and especially television serials. Aside from the written culture, the media whose impact and effciency has thoroughly increased on folk culture by especially electronic culture has also profoundly infuenced the folk narratives and tradition of storytelling like other products of folk culture. In this study, folk narratives and storytelling tradition is compared with television series and an answer has been sought for to the question “are the television series modern form of the folk narratives?”. The comparisons are made from different aspects such as shape/ structure, editing, execution/indication, listeners/viewers and functionality. Therefore, the contemporary storytelling tradition has been tried to consider from a different point of view.