Political criticisms in hasan hüseyin korkmazgil's humor work titled made in Turkey Hasan Hüseyin Korkmazgil'in Made in Turkey Adlı Mizahi Öykülerinde Siyasi Eleştiriler

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Folklor/Edebiyat, vol.26, no.103, pp.559-575, 2020 (Scopus) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Review
  • Volume: 26 Issue: 103
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.22559/folklor.1087
  • Journal Name: Folklor/Edebiyat
  • Journal Indexes: Scopus, MLA - Modern Language Association Database, Directory of Open Access Journals, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.559-575
  • Keywords: Criticism, Humor, Humorous stories, Korkmazgil, Political criticism
  • Hakkari University Affiliated: Yes


Humor is a way of narration based on smiling. Humor is sometimes used to have others think, to criticize them and even to make them bothered. Humor, which aims to make the public conscious and to tease and refute the dominant class, is called "functional and beneficial laugh". There is criticism at the base of this laughter. The criticism is mostly directed to the system and political power with the dimention of the laughter. Hüseyin Korkmazgil (1927-1984). who is mostly popular for his poetry in Turkish literature, also had written humor stories. In his early poems, he used the pseudonym Serhan and became interested in political and philosophical books during his high school years. During this time, he started to read marko paslia magazine, and he wrote his first laughter essays during his high school period and published them in the school's wall newspaper. His work is a reflection of his political stance and his work "Made in Turkey" (1970) which features humor, becomes prominent with its political criticism. He aims to raise public awareness with his political criticisms in "Made in Turkey". Korkmazgil's political criticisms in his work are directed at the immorality of politicians, the misconduct of the bureaucracy, the misperception of democracy, and the corruptions in the press. The titles in our study are shaped in this direction.