Erdag Göknar
Associate Professor in the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

Erdağ Göknar is Associate Professor of Turkish in the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at Duke University and former director of the Duke Middle East Studies Center. He is a scholar of literary and cultural studies and an award-winning translator whose research and publications focus on intersections of literature and politics in Turkey and the Middle East; specifically, on late Ottoman legacies in contemporary Turkish fiction, historiography, and popular culture.

He is the recipient of two NEA literature fellowships (translation), two Fulbright awards, and residential fellowships at the National Humanities Center and the Stanford Humanities Center.

His books include a monograph entitled Orhan Pamuk, Secularism and Blasphemy: The Politics of the Turkish Novel  (Routledge, 2013); a co-edited volume, Mediterranean Passages: Readings from Dido to Derrida  (UNC Press, 2008); and English-language translations of Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar’s A Mind at Peace  (Archipelago Books, 2011); Orhan Pamuk’s My Name is Red  (Knopf, 2010; 2001) and Atiq Rahimi’s Earth and Ashes  (Harcourt, 2002). His current project focuses on cosmopolitanism, political violence and the Allied occupation of Istanbul after WWI.

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  • 2204 Erwin Road, Rm. 234, Box 90414, Durham, NC 27708-0414
  • 2235 Cranford Road, Durham, NC 27705

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