The Relation of Female Characters to Nature in the Turkish Series Wounded Love (2016–2018): Ecofeminist Approaches




1920s, liberation of Turkey, , Atatürk’s women as freedom fighters, ecofeminism, womanhood


This study analyzes the female characters and their relationship to nature in the Turkish series, entitled “You are my country” (“Vatanım Sensin” originally in Turkish) or “Wounded Love” (2016-2018) from an ecofeminist point of view. The Turkish and Greek mothers, daughters, and sisters try to unify their families after each attack in the series. Thus, their efforts will be analyzed within the framework of “Ecofeminism” as Turkey is a land linguistically feminized in Latin as “Turquia” with a female gender ending -a. The ecological metaphorical spaces associated with the images of Turkish and Greek women trying to preserve the family continuity during the liberation war of Turkey will be analyzed; such ecological spaces include the Aegean Sea, forests, and roads of Izmir, Ankara, and Salonica. Moreover, ecological metaphorical objects include flowers, trees, and animals. Illnesses, famines, plunders, and forced migrations are the main reasons for the losses of some family members; this study examines how these lost members get united through the metaphorical uses of the environmental spaces important for women, who try to keep the new Turkey free through their efforts in the 1920s within the framework of ecofeminism, a term coined by Françoise d’Eaubonne in 1974.

Author Biography

Fazıla Derya Agiş, Independent; University of the People

I earned my Ph.D. at Ankara University in Italian Language and Literature, having defended my dissertation on the letters of Amerigo Vespucci from an ecocritical perspective. I earned my M.S. degree in Social Anthropology from Middle East Technical University, my M.A. degree in English Linguistics from Hacettepe University, and my B.A. in Italian Language and Literature from Ankara University. I have taught at Girne American University and the University of  People. I worked also as a visiting scholar at Brandeis University. Currently, I have been working on environmental humanities and ecolinguistics.


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How to Cite

Agiş, F. D. (2022). The Relation of Female Characters to Nature in the Turkish Series Wounded Love (2016–2018): Ecofeminist Approaches. CINEJ Cinema Journal, 10(1), 27–58.