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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/Turkish relations with Europe
Teaching (Spring 2019):
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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.