Sibel Erol

Clinical Professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies; Director of Undergraduate Studies
Ph.D. 1993, University of California, Berkeley

Office Address: Department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies 50 Washington Square South New York, NY 10012
Phone: (212) 992-9622
Fax: (212) 995-4689

Areas of Research/Interest
Turkish Language; role of writing in teaching language; the uses of literature in language teaching; the novel; nationalism; women authors; postmodernism; masculinities; film

Both my teaching and research encompass language and literature. I think that one can’t completely understand a culture without being exposed to its literature, and conversely that one can’t fully appreciate literature without understanding the use and operations of the language it is written in.

I have studied both of these areas in my educational career. My Ph.D. is in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Berkeley (with an M.A. in English from Berkeley). I hold a literature and language degree, with a minor in linguistics, as well as a teaching certificate from Bogaziçi University.

I work on a variety of topics such nationalism, modernity, postmodernism, gender, film and the novel. I am currently editing a book in Turkish on Orhan Pamuk’s novel Snow. My previous publications on Pamuk’s works include Reading Orhan Pamuk’s Snow as Parody: Difference as Sameness (originally appearing in Comparative Literary Studies, then reprinted twice in Contemporary Literary Criticism and Twentieth Century Criticism, respectively), and The Chronotope of Istanbul in Orhan Pamuk’s Memoir Istanbul (published in IJMES). I have written extensively on the authors of the republican period such as Yakup Kadri Karaosmanoglu and Resat Nuri Güntekin. I work on women authors: on Halide Edib Adivar, Adalet Agaoglu, Nazli Eray, Latife Tekin, Sevgi Soysal, Leyla Erbil among others. I have written a series of introductions for Halide Edib’s Memoirs, for the English translations of Adalet Agaoglu’s Summer’s End (Yazsonu) and of Nazli Eray’s Orpheus (Orfee). I have appeared in the Halide Edib documentary The Greedy Heart of Halide. I have contributed an essay on Turkish literature to the award-winning Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Women, describing and analyzing the works of Turkish women authors. I have recently published Does Turkish Literature Exist: An Attempt to Answer through the Works of Leyla Erbil, Savkar Altinel and Ataol Behramoglu, in the Journal of Levantine Studies.


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