Erdag Göknar
Associate Professor
Assistant Professor of International Comparative Studies

Erdag Göknar

Office Location: 225 Franklin Center, Durham, NC 27708
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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 2015):

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

Teaching (Spring 2016):

  • TURKISH 209S.01, Geopolitics & culture Synopsis
    Languages 109, MW 11:45 AM-01:00 PM
  • TURKISH 302S.01, Contemp turkish comp/readings Synopsis
    Keohane 4b 402 sem, MW 03:05 PM-04:20 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].

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)