CRITIQUE OF MODERNISM IN FERİT EDGÜ’S SHORT SHORT STORY NAMED “WHAT”

Yavuz Sinan ULU

Affecting human life in all areas, Modernism, which is a human product, also shapes literature, itself a product of modernism, in both content and form. Speed, production and progress come into prominence with modern life. Short short stories are very short stories emerging as an instant burst of emotion. One of the most significant representatives of this type in Turkish literature is Ferit Edgü. The writer of “What”, works on the painful process of modern human’s becoming an individual, loneliness, alienation to society, escape and refuge stages, rootlessness, lack of communication, efforts to exist with one’s own values. The tragedy of modern man, remaining between “you” and “them”, is reflected by means of a protagonist on the summit of a mountain.

Key Words: Short short story, Ferit Edgü, Modernism, Alienation, Individual