Duke UniversityIslamic Studies

  • Erdağ Göknar

  • Duke Islamic Studies Center
  • 308 Languages Building
  • Campus Box 90259
  • Phone: (919) 660-3151
  • Fax: (919) 660-3141
  • 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 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
  • Education

      • PhD, Near and Middle Eastern Studies,
      • University of Washington, Seattle,
      • 2004
      • MA, Near Eastern Languages & Civilization,
      • NELC,
      • University of Washington, Seattle,
      • 1998
      • MFA,
      • Creative Writing,
      • Univ. of Oregon,
      • 1994
  • Awards, Honors and Distinctions

      • International Dublin IMPAC Literary Award,
      • Dublin City and IMPAC,
      • June, 2003
  • Selected Publications

      • miriam cooke, Erdağ Göknar, Grant Parker.
      • 2008.
      • Mediterranean Passages from Dido to Derrida.
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      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.

      • 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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