SELCUK UNIVERSITESI EDEBIYAT FAKULTESI DERGISI-SELCUK UNIVERSITY JOURNAL OF FACULTY OF LETTERS, vol.40, pp.1-22, 2018 (ESCI)
In relation with technical and technological progress that have made the communication between places faster and more frequent, the conception of home represents a significant issue in twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Home, a conceptual notion designating a central place for human living, refers to a symbolic place which is also related to terms like identity, culture and personality. The notion of home embodies particular conditions regarding the relation between human being as perceiver subject and place as perceived object. By choosing New Criticism as the method to approach the contemporary literary works selected for the development of this work(2) after their potential quality to be part of a "travel literature theory", this paper aims to constitute a definition of place from the perspective of literary travelers who carry out considerations about the signification of place from their own personal experiences that are taken place in elsewhere, in other-place, in places situated far from home, far from the ordinary, the familiar, the known. Realized in situations and conditions being independent from each other, those experiences, through their complementary or supporting quality which is reported inside literary works in forms of definitions and approaches, will help to reveal several aspects concerning the conception of home which reflects a particular spatial reality. In this respect, the result of this work will show that all kind of judgement about a definition of home is at the same time adequate and inadequate due to complexity of conception of place.