Kebab in London: Transnational Experiences and the Role of Food in Yadé Kara’s Cafe Cyprus

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Fall 2015


This article examines the role of food in the context of transnational experiences in Yadé Kara's 2008 novel Cafe Cyprus. Food, I submit, can be used as a lens for understanding global processes, and culinary changes are a good indicator of social and cultural developments within communities. Cafe Cyprus's protagonist Hasan, a young Turkish-German who has recently moved to London, adopts a transnational subjectivity that he seeks to express with the help of food references. Discussions of cosmopolitanism (with a special focus on the global-local nexus) provide a framework for my analysis of Kara's text.

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