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Erdag Göknar, Associate Professor of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies and Assistant Professor of International Comparative Studies

Erdag Göknar

Primary focus on the legacies of the Ottoman Empire and the Kemalist cultural revolution upon modern Turkey and the Middle East. Secondary focus on cultural translation and representational politics of Turks and Muslims, including regional understandings of Turkey and Islam. Theoretical focus on literature and politics, gender and orientalism, colonialism and nationalism, Islam and modernism, translation and identity.

Contact Info:
Office Location:  225 Franklin Center, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  (919) 660-3151
Email Address: send me a message
Web Page:  http://www.duke.edu/web/aall/~goknar

Teaching (Spring 2018):

  • TURKISH 302S.01, CONTEMP TURKISH COMP/READINGS Synopsis
    Trent 035, M 03:05 PM-04:20 PM; Trent 035, W 03:05 PM-04:20 PM
  • AMES 479S.01, CRITICAL INTERVENT MIDDLE EAST Synopsis
    Allen 226, Tu 01:40 PM-04:10 PM
    (also cross-listed as HISTORY 417S.01, ICS 408S.01, LIT 417S.01, PUBPOL 417S.01)
Office Hours:

Monday and Wednesday: 1:30 - 3:00pm
Education:

Ph.D.University of Washington2004
M.A.University of Washington1998
MFAUniv. of Oregon1994
B.A.University of Michigan at Ann Arbor1988
Specialties:

Turkish
Research Interests:

Current projects: Between Orient and Nation: The Modern Turkish Novel and Orhan Pamuk (in-progress), Colonial Encounter and Cultural Revolution: Narrative Identities of Ottoman Modernism and Turkism (in-progress), A Mind at Peace (translation of Tanpinar novel), Archipelago Books, NY, 2008, Mediterranean Passages from Dido to Derrida, co-editor, UNC Press, 2008

Primary focus on the legacies of the Ottoman Empire and the Turkist cultural revolution upon modern Turkey. Secondary focus on cultural translation and representations of Turks and Muslims, including regional understandings of Turkey and Islam in the Middle East and Eurasia. Theoretical focus on literature, colonialism, modernism, translation, and identity.

Areas of Interest:

Ottoman Empire/Turkey
Ottoman/Turkish relations with Europe
Narrative Identities
Muslim Nationalism

Keywords:

Literature • Identity • Representation • Cultural Translation • Ottoman Empire/Turkey

Current Ph.D. Students  

  • Johanna Schuster-Craig (German Studies)  
Representative Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Goknar, E, "The Novel in Turkish: From Narrative Tradition to Nobel Prize", in Cambridge History of Turkey: Turkey in the Modern World, edited by Kasaba, R, vol. IV (Fall, 2008), pp. 35-35, Cambridge University Press [catalogue.asp]  [abs]
  2. with Göknar, E; Cooke, M; Parker, G, Mediterranean Passages from Delos to Derrida (2008), pp. 425-425, UNC Press  [abs]
  3. Goknar, E, "Orhan Pamuk and the ’Ottoman’ Theme", World Literature Today, vol. 80 no. 6 (November, 2006)
Bio: Erdağ Göknar is Assistant Professor of Turkish at Duke University and a literary translator. He holds a Ph.D. in Near and Middle Eastern studies (Turkish literature and culture) and an M.F.A. in creative writing. A Turkish-American scholar, he is currently a fellow at the National Humanities Center where he is writing a critical analysis of the Turkish novel and Orhan Pamuk. He is the recipient of two Fulbright awards, the Dublin IMPAC literary award (with Orhan Pamuk), and an NEA translation grant. His partner, Banu Gökarıksel, is professor of cultural geography at UNC and their son Levent Sa'y, is a toddler.

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