Focusing on the celebrated woman poet Mihrî Hatun (ca. 1460–1515), this book is a timely addition to early modern Ottoman literary history, which deploys gender as an analytic category. The introduction presents Mihrî Hatun and provides a literature review on Ottoman poetry and on studies of her, contextualized with examples from European and Islamicate literatures. It also introduces different concepts of gender analysis, such as marginality, performativity, and the subject position, using Mihrî Hatun as an example. The remainder of the book consists of six chapters divided into two thematic sections, followed by an epilogue and an appendix containing a selection of her poetry.

The first part is titled “Mihrî Hatun: The Making of a Woman Poet.” Starting with paraphrases of her poetry, the first chapter introduces Mihrî Hatun the woman, anxious after a poetic exchange with a...

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