Author: Elise Anderson
Vol. 43, No. 1 (WINTER/SPRING 2012), pp. 64-90 (27 pages)
Published by: University of Texas Press
This paper explores the construction of ?m?nnis? Khan (1526-1560) as a Uyghur culture hero through the creation and repetition of a narrative linking her to the Uyghur Twelve Muqams. The paper shows intertextual linkages between various forms in which ?m?nnis? Khan is represented, including written histories, a stage play, a tomb, a film, a novel, and portraiture. The analysis reveals that it is the frequent recontextualization and repetition of “?m?nnis? Khan as collector and organizer,” which was first inserted into her life story in the 1980s, that has been the most significant element in developing her culture hero image.