Duke UniversityIslamic Studies

  • Erdag Göknar

  • Associate Professor
  • Duke Islamic Studies Center
  • 225 Franklin Center, Durham, NC 27708
  • Campus Box 90414
  • Phone: (919) 660-3151
  • Fax: (919) 660-3141
  • Overview

    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.
  • Other

    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.
  • Specialties

    • Turkish
    • Turkish Studies
    • International Comparative Studies
  • 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.
  • 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)
  • Areas of Interest

    Ottoman Empire/Turkey
    Ottoman/Turkish relations with Europe
    Nationalist Movements
    Muslim Nationalism
  • Teaching

    • TURKISH 302S.01
      • Franklin Center 016
      • MW 03:05 PM-04:20 PM
    • AMES 720.01
      • TBA
      • Tu 03:05 PM-04:20 PM
  • Education

      • Ph.D.,
      • University of Washington,
      • 2004
      • M.A.,
      • NELC,
      • University of Washington,
      • 1998
      • MFA,
      • Creative Writing,
      • Univ. of Oregon,
      • 1994
      • B.A.,
      • University of Michigan at Ann Arbor,
      • 1988
  • Awards, Honors and Distinctions

      • External Faculty Fellowship,
      • Stanford Humanities Center,
      • 0 2009
      • Fellow,
      • National Humanities Center,
      • 0 2007
      • International Dublin IMPAC Literary Award,
      • Dublin City and IMPAC,
      • June, 2003
  • Selected Publications

      • Goknar, E.
      • 2008.
      • "The Novel in Turkish: From Narrative Tradition to Nobel Prize".
      • IV:
      • 35-35
      • .
      Publication Description

      Turkey’s modern history has been shaped by its society and its institutions. In this fourth volume of The Cambridge History of Turkey a team of some of the most distinguished scholars of modern Turkey have come together to explore the interaction between these two aspects of Turkish modernization. The volume begins in the nineteenth century and traces the historical background through the reforms of the late Ottoman Empire, the period of the Young Turks, the War of Independence and the founding of the Ataturk’s Republic. Thereafter, the volume focuses on the Republican period to consider a range of themes including political ideology, economic development, the military, migration, Kurdish nationalism, the rise of Islamism, and women’s struggle for empowerment. The volume concludes with chapters on art and architecture, literature, and a brief history of Istanbul.

      • Göknar, E; Cooke, M; Parker, G.
      • 2008.
      • Mediterranean Passages from Delos to Derrida.
      • 425-425
      • .
      Publication Description

      Through 100 texts and 30 images, _Mediterranean Passages_ advocates for a re-reading of the sea as a contact zone and a space of encounter and conversion that tempers the dominance of the nation-state. The volume argues for a transcultural and networked approach to the understanding of religious and secular communities that are often presented monolithically and as being mutually exclusive. The primary sources assembled here cover three millenia, and the conceptual framework employed by editors cooke, Göknar, and Parker is informed by the works of Braudel, Goitein, Abu Lafia, Horden & Purcell, Braudel, and others.

      • Goknar, E.
      • 2006.
      • "Orhan Pamuk and the ’Ottoman’ Theme".
      • World Literature Today
      • 80:
      • .
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  • PhD Students

    • Johanna Schuster-Craig (German Studies)
      • December 01, 2008 - 2012
      • Status: PostQual
      • Thesis: Turks in Germany: Gender and Identity
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