Associate Professor in the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies
My research focuses on the intersection of politics and culture in the Middle East; specifically, the late Ottoman Empire and modern Turkey. I am interested in exploring questions of Turkish and Muslim representation in literature, historiography, and popular culture/media. This includes examining tensions between city and nation at the nexus of representational and political power. My work has focused the political critiques of state ideology embedded in literary and historical tropes in the work of authors like Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk and on the critical role played by writers in representations of political violence such as cultural revolution, military coups and colonial occupation (a recent project addresses the Occupation of Istanbul after WWI). More generally, I am interested in political imaginaries that emerge out of cultural productions. Areas of additional focus include world literature, the global city, and cultural translation.
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.
Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies awarded by University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill (Principal Investigator). 2014 to 2018
Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies Title VI awarded by University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill (Principal Investigator). 2014 to 2018
Göknar, E. Orhan Pamuk, secularism and blasphemy: The politics of the Turkish novel. January 1, 2013. Full Text
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 (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)
Goeknar, E. "TURKISH-ISLAMIC FEMINISM CONFRONTS NATIONAL PATRIARCHY HALIDE EDIB'S DIVIDED SELF." JOURNAL OF MIDDLE EAST WOMENS STUDIES 9.2 (2013): 32-57.
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 Literary Modernity of Orhan Pamuk" (in Polish translation)." Znak (2011).
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. ""Orhan Pamuk and the ’Ottoman’ Theme"." World Literature Today 80 (November 2006).
Submitted, P. "Nazim Hikmet’s A People’s Resistance/Kuvayi Milliye." (2013).
Goknar, E. "Peer-Review: "The Black Book and the Despair of Rereading"." Comparative Literature (2012).
Goknar, E. "Peer-Review: "How Orhan Pamuk Conveys his Characters Across the Bosphorus"." NOVEL: A Forum on Fiction (2012).
Goknar, E. "Interview: Erdag Göknar on My Name is Red and A Mind at Peace." Kirtipil (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.
Goknar, E. "Peer-Review: "Orhan Pamuk’s _Snow_ as a Russian Novel"." Slavic & East European Journal (2010).
Rahimi, A, and translator, EG. "Reissue of Earth and Ashes." (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.