An Example of Intertextual Application: Dirilis "Ertugrul"

Baki Nalcioglu Z. S.

MILLI FOLKLOR, no.109, pp.58-70, 2016 (AHCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Journal Name: MILLI FOLKLOR
  • Journal Indexes: Arts and Humanities Citation Index (AHCI), Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.58-70
  • Gazi University Affiliated: Yes


Being one of the most popular television series in recent times, called as the revival of a nation, Dirilis "Ertugrul" frequently takes place in the media with its subject, technical qualities and ratings. Besides, with each episode, researchers open the consistency of the series with the reality up for discussion. In this study, twenty-six episodes (season one) of Dirilis "Ertugrul" are analysed; and, with a different perspective the series is evaluated within the context of intertextuality and applied folklore. On the basis of Dirilis "Ertugrul", the aim of this article is to analyse how intertextual relations are used in the field of applied folklore. Therefore, theoretical discussions about the theory are not handled in the study; instead, the position of applied folklore with regard to the series, and the aim of its practice are handled. While these arguments are analysed, it is observed that through collecting different subtexts, the series, Dirilis "Ertugrul", can be read as a functional main text. Choice of the subtexts where the series make reference, their usage, and what these texts indicate in intertextuality are questioned by considering mythological background. As a result of the acquired data, it is found out that since Dirilis "Ertugrul" contributes to the establishment of sense of belonging in its audience through creating an oriented identity, and a historical and cultural connection, it supports the power, mythology, and inter textual relations of applied folklore. This aspect of the series promotes the idea that intertextuality can be evaluated as one of the applied folklore methods. Also, it proves that the transformation of intertextual relations analysed in the example of Dirilis "Ertugrul" into a practice model can contribute to the revival, regeneration or transmission of culture through TV series.