Erdag Göknar
Associate Professor

Erdag Göknar

Office Location: 225 Franklin Center, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone: (919) 660-3151
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Turkish Studies
International Comparative Studies

Ph.D., University of Washington, 2004
M.A., University of Washington, 1998
MFA, Univ. of Oregon, 1994
B.A., University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, 1988

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 2019):

  • AMES 283S.01, Istanbul Synopsis
    Franklin center 028, MW 01:25 PM-02:40 PM
  • AMES 620S.01, Genealogies of the middle east Synopsis
    Perkins 070, Th 04:55 PM-07:25 PM

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) .

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.

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)