Introduction to the major theoretical approaches for the study of literature. Survey of basic theoretical concepts for analyzing and interpreting a broad range of literary and cultural texts.
Introduction to theories of literary translation and the historical interchange of language and culture.
Survey of a major literary archetype, cultural phenomenon, or theoretical concern, with a focus on the Mediterranean world.
Survey of medieval and early modern literature and culture. Study of texts from different traditions with primary focus on European literature.
Thematically-based survey of literature and culture from 1800 to today. Primary focus on literary texts approached from an interdisciplinary perspective.
A survey of the major writers, themes, and movements of pre-1800 English Literature. A series of critically-informed close readings of texts that place works within their social, historical, and cultural contexts.
Survey of a variety of accounts by travelers from the Muslim world, of their encounters with different cultures, from the medieval era to the early 20th century. Particular focus on the genre conventions that informed them, as well as on changing perceptions over time, along with comparisons to accounts by western travelers.
Survey of major literary forms, genres, and themes in Ottoman literature, from the 15th to the early 20th century. This course is taught in English, but the texts are in Turkish.
A critical examination of modern Turkish literature beginning with the foundation of the Republic. Study of prominent authors of different genres including novel, poetry and short story.
Survey of major writers, movements, and themes in English literature from the Age of Enlightenment to the 20th century. Critically-informed close readings of texts that place works within their social, historical, and cultural contexts.
Survey of the major writers, themes, and movements of American Literature. Critically-informed close readings of texts that place works within their social, historical, and cultural contexts.
Introduction to a variety of texts written by ethnic minorities. Study of how these texts negotiate the difficult space between a majority culture held up as a standard and particular minority experiences. Regional focus varies with offering.
Study of the dynamics between texts and aspects of material and visual culture.
Critical examination of how recent fiction and non-fiction from the region and beyond explore issues of nation and narration, local identity and historical memory, and representation of self and other. Study of the discursive frames that surround works from specific countries, including Türkiye.
Critical examination of the role of film in representing, responding to, and intervening in the major social and cultural debates of the past century, with attention to genre conventions, changes in technology, and practices of reception. Thematic focus and film selection vary with offering.