Erdağ M Göknar

Erdağ M Göknar

Office Location: 225 Franklin Center
Office Phone: (919) 660-3151
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Turkish Studies
International Comparative Studies

PhD, Near and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Washington, Seattle, 2004
MA, Near Eastern Languages & Civilization, University of Washington, Seattle, 1998
MFA, Univ. of Oregon, 1994

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)

Research Description: 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
Nationalist Movements
Muslim Nationalism

Teaching (Fall 2015):

  • TURKISH 301S.01, Contemp turkish comp/readings Synopsis
    Franklin center 230, WF 03:05 PM-04:20 PM
  • TURKISH 345S.01, Pamuk & world literature Synopsis
    Soc/psych 128, WF 11:45 AM-01:00 PM

Representative Publications   (More Publications)

  1. with miriam cooke, Erdağ Göknar, Grant Parker, Mediterranean Passages from Dido to Derrida (2008), pp. 425, UNC Press  [abs].
  2. "Orhan Pamuk and the 'Ottoman' Theme", World Literature Today, vol. 80 no. 6 (November, 2006) .
  3. What's the Word?: Eco, Ghosh, Pamuk (2007) (Broadcast on NPR.) [Listen to Broadcast].

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.

Current Ph.D. Students  

  • Johanna Schuster-Craig (German Studies)