After earning my master's degree in Cultural Studies with the thesis, "Forms of Relation: the Western Literary Canon and Orhan Pamuk's Black Book, Salman Rusdhdie's Midnight's Children," I completed my doctorate in English at the University of Southern California, located in the city of Los Angeles, with the dissertation titled "Woman with Vision: the Romantic Re-Conception of the Spenserian Psyche." I lived in L.A. for seven years and worked both as assistant lecturer of GE academic writing and critical reasoning at the USC Writing Program and as writing consultant at the USC Viterbi Academic Resources Center (VARC), in fulfillment of my graduate student merit fellowship.
I am Assistant Professor in the Comparative Literature Department at IHU, where in addition to teaching literatures in English, I co-teach Core Curriculum courses in art and literature, as well as coordinate the IHU Writing Center. My primary field of specialization is British Romanticism, with an emphasis on poetry and the romance mode. The closest forms to the romance mode in the Turkish literary tradition, “mesnevi” and “serüven,” increasingly draw my interest in terms of how the trope of the spiritual journey compares to that in English romances. My research focuses on the revisionary Romantic appropriations of myth and the romance mode in visionary poetry, how hero and heroine are conceived within these appropriations and to what purpose, the relationship imagined between the human mind and soul. My secondary fields of specialization are the English Renaissance and Eighteenth Century, with active side interests in fairy tales and folklore, Western American novels, cognitive studies, and in discovering the world of digital humanities.
British Romanticism, English Renaissance, Eighteenth-Century Studies, Cognitive Literary Criticism, Digital Humanities