This study discusses the modernization process of Egypt and Turkey from the beginning of the 20th century through The Cairo Trilogy by Naguib Mahfouz and Cevdet Bey and Sons by Orhan Pamuk. These works of two Nobel Prize winning authors project the stories of three generations, reflecting the historical, social and cultural transformations Egypt and Turkey went through. In their generational novels, both, Mahfouz and Pamuk portray extended families that have close relationships which fade through time as each new generation moves away from the traditional lifestyles and tries to adopt a new way of life under the influences of the social and economic conditions of their countries. This book analyses the way each succeeding generation operates in the process of transition from conservatism to modernity in Egypt and Turkey by contextualizing book texts and shedding light on the modernization experiences of these two countries.
OEzlem Ulucan completed her undergraduate and graduate degrees in English Language and Literature at Yuzuncu Yil University and Firat University, Turkey, and received her PhD in Comparative Literature in 2015. Her research interests are comparative literature, postcolonial literature, history and criticism. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature at Bingoel University, Turkey.