Erdag Göknar

Associate Professor in the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

External address: 
225 Franklin Center, Durham, NC 27708
Internal office address: 
2204 Erwin Road, Rm. 225, Box 90414, Durham, NC 27708-0414
(919) 660-3151

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.


  • Ph.D., University of Washington 2004
  • M.A., University of Washington 1998
  • B.A., University of Michigan at Ann Arbor 1988

Submitted, P. Occupied Istanbul: From Trauma to Trope in Turkish Culture. Ed. JWU consideration. Routledge, 2013.

Göknar, E. Conversations With Orhan Pamuk. University of Mississippi Press, 2013.

Göknar, E, Cooke, M, and Parker, G. Mediterranean Passages from Delos to Derrida. UNC Press, 2008.

Goknar, E. Earth and Ashes. Harcourt (New York), September 2002.

Goknar, E. My Name is Red. Knopf (New York), September 2001.

"The Novel in Turkish: From Narrative Tradition to Nobel Prize". Ed. R Kasaba. Cambridge University Press.

Goknar, E. ""The Turkish Novel: Modernity, Modernism, and Postmodernism"." Blackwell Encyclopedia of the Novel. 2013.

Göknar, E. ""Occulted Texts: Pamuk’s Untranslated Novels"." Global Perspectives on Orhan Pamuk: Existentialism and Politics. Ed. Afridi and Buyze. Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.

Göknar, E. "Reading Occupied Istanbul: Turkish Subject-Formation from Historical Trauma to Literary Trope." Culture, Theory and Critique 55.3 (September 2, 2014): 321-341. Full Text

Göknar, E. "Reading Occupied Istanbul: Turkish Subject-Formation from Historical Trauma to Literary Trope." Culture, Theory and Critique 55.3 (January 1, 2014): 321-341. Full Text

Göknar, E. ""Reading Occupied Istanbul: From Historical Trauma to Literary Trope"." Ed. E Stephens. Culture, Theory and Critique (2013). (Academic Article)


Goknar, E. "Secular Blasphemies: Orhan Pamuk and the Turkish Novel." NOVEL-A FORUM ON FICTION 45.2 (2012): 301-326. Full Text

Goknar, E. ""The White Castle" and the Ottoman Legacy." Ed. T Halman. Journal of Turkish Literature (January 2011).

Goknar, E. ""From Steppe to Sea: The Blue Anatolia Literary Movement"." Ed. M Kalpakli. Turkish Studies Journal Special Issue Festschrift for Walter Andrews (2010).

Erturk, N. "Grammatology and Turkish Literary Modernity." (August 2009). (Review)

Behramoglu, A. "I’ve Learned Some Things.." (2007). (Review)


Goknar, E. "Peer-Review: "The Black Book and the Despair of Rereading"." Comparative Literature (2012).

Goknar, E. "Peer-Review: "A.H. Tanpinar on Science, Literature, History and Cultural Change"." Journal of Levantine Studies (March 2011).

Tanpinar, AH, and translator, EG. "Revised paperback and Kindle reissue of A Mind at Peace." Ed. J Schoolman. (March 2011): 500-500.

Rahimi, A, and translator, EG. "Reissue of Earth and Ashes." (2010).

Goknar, E. "Peer-Review: "Orhan Pamuk’s _Snow_ as a Russian Novel"." Slavic & East European Journal (2010).

Pamuk, O, and translator, EG. ""Monsieur Flaubert, C’est Moi!"." Standpoint and Threepenny Review (August 2009).

Tanpinar, AH, and translator, EG. "A Mind at Peace (novel)." Ed. J Schoolman. (January 2009): 500-500.