Turkish Literature as World Literature. New York: Bloomsbury Publishing. (forthcoming)
Can the literature of a specific country, author, or genre be used to approach the elusive concept of “world literature”? Literatures as World Literature takes a novel approach to world literature by analyzing specific constellations – according to language, nation, form, or theme – of literary texts and authors in their own world-literary dimensions.
Promethean Encounters: Representation of the Intellectual in the Modern Turkish Novel of the 1970s. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag, 2018. ISBN 978-3-447-10983-3
The Turkish novel of the 1970s was significantly shaped by the leftist activism of the 1960s and the prosecutions following the military intervention on 12 March 1971. While the repercussions of these two decades determine the politics of the majority of novels published in this period, the worlds they depict extend far beyond. In such a definitively political and historical turn in the Turkish literary sphere, the position of the intellectual emerges as a key theme in many works, along with the legacy of the transition from the Ottoman Empire to the Turkish Republic and the modernization project that followed.
Promethean Encounters primarily examines Adalet Ağaoğlu’s Ölmeye Yatmak (1973), Attilâ İlhan’s Bıçağın Ucu (1973) and Yaraya Tuz Basmak (1978) as well as Füruzan’s Kırk Yedi’liler (1974) along the lines of the interrelations among intelligentsia, state, and public. It focuses on the intellectuals’ disengagement from the state, their failure to relate with the people, and the consequences of such disconnections. As it contextualizes the concept of the intellectual within an international theoretical framework, its analyses both provide an in-depth view of the literature of the period and address the enduring contemporary conflicts.
Dictionary of Literary Biography (2 vols.) – Turkish Novelists since 1960 & Turkish Novelists since 1960, Second Series. Gale Cengage, 2013 & 2016. ISBNs 9780787696481 & 9780787696542 (with Çimen Günay-Erkol)
Critical literary biographies of novelists from Turkey who published their novels predominantly after 1960. Included names:
Volume 1 (373): Adalet Ağaoğlu, Ahmet Altan, İhsan Oktay Anar, İnci Aral, Erendiz Atasü, Oğuz Atay, Yusuf Atılgan, Oya Baydar, Nazlı Eray, Aslı Erdoğan, Moris Farhi, Nedim Gürsel, Attilâ İlhan, Metin Kaçan, Bilge Karasu, Orhan Kemal, Yaşar Kemal, Ayla Kutlu, Mario Levi, Zülfü Livaneli, Hatice Meryem, Murathan Mungan, Aziz Nesin, Demir Özlü, Tezer Özlü, Orhan Pamuk, Elif Şafak, Emrah Serbes, Mehmet Murat Somer, Kemal Tahir, Latife Tekin, Murat Uyurkulak, Buket Uzuner.
Volume 2 (379): Çetin Altan, Hüsnü Arkan, Kaan Arslanoğlu, Fakir Baykurt, Vüs’at O. Bener, Hakan Bıçakcı, Tarık Buğra, Sevim Burak, Ferit Edgü, Leylâ Erbil, Mehmet Eroğlu, Engin Geçtan, Murat Gülsoy, Hakan Günday, Rıfat Ilgaz, Selim İleri, Müge İplikçi, Şebnem İşigüzel, Sema Kaygusuz, Gürsel Korat, Ayşe Kulin, Pınar Kür, Perihan Mağden, Levent Mete, Erdal Öz, Emine Sevgi Özdamar, Sevgi Soysal, Hasan Ali Toptaş, Ayfer Tunç, Vedat Türkali, Mehmed Uzun, Ahmet Ümit, Tahsin Yücel.