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LIT 212 Analyzing Text and Context 3 Credits
Whatever our profession or interests, we are surrounded by texts in our daily lives: newspapers, advertising, instruction manuals and novels, to name only a few. This course introduces the interpretive strategies necessary to be critical readers of the texts we encounter. While the emphasis will be primarily on the written word and the methods of literary criticism, the course may also take up other cultural "texts," in a larger sense, ranging from film and video to fashion and opera. In all cases, the production, reception and use of texts in specific cultural contexts will be given close attention.

Last Offered Terms Course Name SU Credit
Spring 2017-2018 Analyzing Text and Context 3
Spring 2016-2017 Analyzing Text and Context 3
Spring 2015-2016 Analyzing Text and Context 3
Spring 2014-2015 Analyzing Text and Context 3
Spring 2013-2014 Analyzing Text and Context 3
Spring 2012-2013 Analyzing Text and Context 3
Spring 2011-2012 Analyzing Text and Context 3
Spring 2010-2011 Analyzing Text and Context 3
Spring 2009-2010 Analyzing Text and Context 3
Spring 2008-2009 Analyzing Text and Context 3
Spring 2007-2008 Analyzing Text and Context 3
Spring 2006-2007 Analyzing Text and Context 3
Spring 2005-2006 Analyzing Text and Context 3
Spring 2004-2005 Analyzing Text and Context 3
Spring 2003-2004 Analyzing Text and Context 3
Spring 2002-2003 Is There a Text in this Classroom? Analyzing Text and Contex 3
Spring 2001-2002 Is There a Text in this Classroom? Analyzing Text and Contex 3

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ECTS Credit: 6 ECTS / 6 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
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LIT 252 Topics in World Literature 3 Credits
This course introduces students to various topics in world literature, as well as to methods of understanding and analyzing the texts within their specific historical and cultural contexts. The specific works read in this course will change from year to year.

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Fall 2003-2004 Topics in World Literature 3

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ECTS Credit: 6 ECTS / 6 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
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LIT 290 Topics in Turkish Literature 3 Credits
This course will be a critical survey of the rise of fiction in Turkish literature. It is generally accepted that the novel and short story writing in Turkish literature started with the imitation of Western models during the 19th century modernization process. This course will analyze the development of Turkish fiction between 1870-1920 with the problematization of this accepted evaluation. We will scrutinize the interaction of Ottoman-Turkish fiction with the traditional genres as well as the Western impact, the role of translation and adaptation, the conflict between different approaches to fiction and the impact of the historical context through the reading of literary and theoretical texts. The course will be in Turkish.

Last Offered Terms Course Name SU Credit
Summer 2010-2011 Topics in Turkish Literature 3
Summer 2009-2010 Topics in Turkish Literature 3
Fall 2005-2006 Fiction in Ottoman-Turkish Literature 3
Fall 2004-2005 Fiction in Ottoman-Turkish Literature 3

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ECTS Credit: 6 ECTS / 6 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
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LIT 320 Popular Literature 3 Credits
This course examines various forms of 19th and 20th century literature that fall outside the rubric of the literary canon. It aims to provide an understanding of what constitutes popular literature and its place in contemporary culture. It focuses on one or more popular genres such as adventure fiction, children's literature, horror, detective fiction, romance, and science fiction, offering an introduction to such topics as literary value, readership, generic conventions, narrative techniques, and adaptation.

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Spring 2010-2011 Popular Literature 3

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ECTS Credit: 6 ECTS / 6 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
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LIT 324 Postcolonial Theory and Literatures 3 Credits
Starting from the premise that there is no such thing as a "pure" culture, we will nonetheless try to understand what it means to belong to a particular culture. Questions of identity are frequently at the heart of good literature, and the group of works which has been classified as "postcolonial" is no exception. As we read a selection of works from the colonial and postcolonial worlds, we will explore the writers' and our own answers to key questions of identity. What does it mean to "belong" to a culture, nation, ethnicity, community or family? What kinds of identity are possible in contexts where a colonizing power has undermined traditional affiliations? We will read short stories and novels, as well as works of theory relevant to the other course readings.

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Spring 2008-2009 Postcolonial Theory and Literatures 3
Spring 2007-2008 Postcolonial Theory and Literatures 3
Spring 2004-2005 Postcolonial Theory and Literatures 3
Fall 2002-2003 Postcolonial Theory and Literatures 3

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ECTS Credit: 6 ECTS / 6 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
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LIT 354 Literature and Immigration 3 Credits
Immigration has received much attention in the last century, usually as a "problem" or a "question" for the host country. The general term immigration is often used to talk about political exiles, economic refugees and internal migrants, as well as those who fit the classic picture of an individual or family moving permanently to a new home country. This course will look at literary works by writers who have been classified as "immigrants" to the country from which they write. While the course will take into account the linguistic, political and cultural issues these authors consider, it will also consider how the writers themselves have embraced or rejected the designation of "immigrant" and what is at stake in such a decision.

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Spring 2005-2006 Literature and Immigration 3
Fall 2003-2004 Literature and Immigration 3

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ECTS Credit: 6 ECTS / 6 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
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LIT 359 Literature, Ideology and Resistance 3 Credits
This course focuses on some of the major literary figures responsible for innovating literature's political role in society and redefining the responsibility of artists and critics in the twentieth century. The euphoria created by the struggles against colonization and racial and class oppression in various parts of the world led artists to reevaluate the political possibilities of literature. The study of a group of writers at the nexus of these struggles will incorporate a critical dialogue on cultural studies. Accordingly, the course puts the emphasis on the theoretical debates on how culture, ideology, 'race', ethnicity and class have been defined and/or represented. An important learning outcome is to equip the student with the conceptual tools to analyze a variety of literary texts with respect to politics, ideology and resistance

Last Offered Terms Course Name SU Credit
Fall 2013-2014 Literature, Ideology and Resistance 3
Spring 2003-2004 Poetry, Ideology and Resistance 3

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ECTS Credit: 6 ECTS / 6 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
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LIT 370 Imagining the City 3 Credits
This course explores the city as a theme in such literary genres as the novel, drama, autobiography, and poetry, as well as film. From the ancient polis as a political unit to the twenty-first century metropolis, the city has emerged in literature as the antithesis to state of nature, the birthplace of modernity, the stage for social change and conflict, the locus of transition from empire to nation-state, and the meeting point of "the East" and "the West." With its inclusions, exclusions, periphery, subcultures, underground, public and private spheres, and fragmentations, the city is a symbolic system exploited widely in literature. The course may include such literary representations of the city as Balzac or Baudelaire's Paris, Joyce's Dublin, and Mahfouz's Cairo, as well as contemporary, utopian or dystopian works in world literature.

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Fall 2009-2010 Imagining the City 3

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ECTS Credit: 6 ECTS / 6 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
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LIT 371 Creative Writing 3 Credits
This course entails an intensive study of writing techniques. The approach involves discussion, dissection and imitation. Each lecture will begin with the discussion of submitted texts by class members. The second part will involve the close scrutiny of a published text, paying special attention to matters of style and structure, word choice, mannerism, dialogue, social context, theory, autobiography, intertextuality; hence, dissection. Each week's assignment will be to produce an "imitation" of the text studied. These texts will be chosen to illustrate a variety of approaches to writing, and to raise some of the basic questions of writing.

Last Offered Terms Course Name SU Credit
Fall 2008-2009 Creative Writing 3
Fall 2007-2008 Creative Writing 3
Fall 2005-2006 Creative Writing 3
Fall 2003-2004 Creative Writing 3

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ECTS Credit: 6 ECTS / 6 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
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LIT 394 Modern Turkish Literature 3 Credits
What are the repercussions of social and political movements in Turkish literature? How is the cultural dynamism of Turkey represented on the literary plane? This course will explore modern Turkey and its literature through the works of writers such as Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar, Oğuz Atay, Adalet Ağaoğlu and Orhan Pamuk. The course will attempt to define what we mean by "Turkish national literature" by analyzing representations of gender, religion, cultural and national identity not only in works written in Turkish but also those written in a language other than Turkish (predominantly English) and published outside the borders of Turkey (Selma Ekrem, Halide Edib.)

Last Offered Terms Course Name SU Credit
Fall 2013-2014 Modern Turkish Literature 3
Fall 2010-2011 Modern Turkish Literature 3
Fall 2008-2009 Modern Turkish Literature 3
Spring 2006-2007 Modern Turkish Literature 3
Fall 2005-2006 Modern Turkish Literature 3
Fall 2002-2003 Modern Turkish Literature 3

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ECTS Credit: 6 ECTS / 6 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
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LIT 430 Auto/biography 3 Credits
This course will be an introduction to different types of self-narrative, ranging from autobiographies, biographies, auto-ethnographies, self-documentaries to autofiction. The course will emphasize the study of narrative structures in autobiography. Different autobiographical texts will be studied in their historical, social and political contexts, while we explore the impact such works have had on literary and intellectual history. In the contextof autobiographical writing, in the tensile relationship between self and society, we will analyze issues related to gender, sexuality, race, class, and religion. Possible readings include St. Augustine's Confessions, J. J. Rousseau's Confessions, Gertrude Stein's The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas, Halide Edib Adıvar's Memoirs and The Turkish Ordeal, RolandBarthes's Roland Barthes par Roland Barthes, Brenda Maddox's Nora: A Biography of Nora Joyce (Or: Nora: The Real Life of Molly Bloom), Latife Tekin's Gece Dersleri, and Orhan Pamuk's Istanbul: Hatıralar ve Şehir

Last Offered Terms Course Name SU Credit
Spring 2013-2014 Auto/biography 3
Fall 2010-2011 Auto/biography 3
Fall 2009-2010 Auto/biography 3
Fall 2006-2007 Auto/biography 3

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ECTS Credit: 6 ECTS / 6 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
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LIT 434 Literary Theory 3 Credits
This course is designed as a critical survey of modern literary theory from the middle of the twentieth century to today. It includes both primary and secondary readings on New Criticism, Structuralism and Semiotics, Post-Structuralism, Psychoanalysis, Marxist and Cultural Criticism, Feminism, and Post-Colonialism. Discussion will include applications of these approaches to literary texts as well as the evaluation of their methodological assumptions, consistency, and fruitfulness. Students will also be asked to read a few literary texts, using them as test cases to compare and evaluate different approaches in concrete terms. The aim of this course is not only to enhance the students' ability to read critically and to think theoretically, but also to provide an understanding of the importance of contemporary literary theory for the analysis of culture in general and the influence of literary theories on fields such as anthropology, cultural studies, history, psychology, and even law.

Last Offered Terms Course Name SU Credit
Spring 2017-2018 Literary Theory 3
Fall 2014-2015 Literary Theory (LIT334) 3
Fall 2012-2013 Literary Theory (LIT334) 3
Spring 2004-2005 Literary Theory (LIT334) 3
Spring 2002-2003 Literary Theory (LIT334) 3

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ECTS Credit: 6 ECTS / NONE ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
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LIT 440 Literature and Psychoanalysis 3 Credits
The course focuses on the critical evaluation of the impact of psychoanalytic discourses on literature and literary studies and vice versa. Basic concepts of psychoanalytic theory and criticism will be covered with reference to the writings of Freud and Lacan, as well as to the later interventions by such theorists as Derrida, Zizek, Deleuze and Guattari. Students will be encouraged to develop their skills in the textual analysis of a range of literary and psychoanalytic works, considering them as distinct ways of talking about desire, fantasy, memory, madness, and the unconscious.

Last Offered Terms Course Name SU Credit
Spring 2017-2018 Literature and Psychoanalysis 3
Spring 2014-2015 Literature and Psychoanalysis 3
Fall 2013-2014 Literature and Psychoanalysis 3
Spring 2011-2012 Literature and Psychoanalysis 3
Fall 2010-2011 Literature and Psychoanalysis 3
Fall 2008-2009 Literature and Psychoanalysis 3

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ECTS Credit: 6 ECTS / 6 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
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LIT 445 Gender and Sexuality in Literature 3 Credits
This course explores the ways in which literature reflects, influences, creates, and reveals cultural beliefs about gender roles, identities, and sexuality by analyzing short stories, novels, poems, and plays from a diversity of eras and national traditions. Literary texts are studied in the light of major works of feminist and queer literary theories and histories of sexuality. The ways in which gender intersects with other cultural issues such as race, nationhood, globalization, and class is also addressed in the context of specific literary texts.

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Fall 2017-2018 Gender and Sexuality in Literature 3
Fall 2016-2017 Gender and Sexuality in Literature (LIT345) 3
Spring 2014-2015 Gender and Sexuality in Literature (LIT345) 3

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ECTS Credit: 6 ECTS / NONE ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
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LIT 452 Seminar in World Literature 3 Credits
In-depth readings of selected texts, representative of various periods and genres (ranging from ancient Greek epic and drama through early modern, modern and contemporary texts), combining close textual analysis of a set of original works with the study of multiple layers of interpretation as attempted by the existing secondary literature.

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Spring 2012-2013 Seminar in World Literature 3
Spring 2001-2002 Explorations in World Literature 3

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ECTS Credit: 6 ECTS / 6 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
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LIT 492 Advanced Topics in Turkish Literature 3 Credits
This course introduces students to major works of literature that have influenced Turkish history and culture and continue to have an impact on our understanding of contemporary Turkey. Course materials combine such literary works with theoretical and historical writings on Turkey, focusing on topics such as nationalism, gender, theories of third world narratives and aesthetics in a non-western context, canon-formation and the construction of a national canon, minority literatures, and prison literature. Compared to a introductory survey course on Turkish Literature (such as LIT 394), LIT 492 encourages in-depth analyses of fewer literary works. The authors to be covered include (but are not limited to) Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar, Oğuz Atay, Orhan Pamuk, Adalet Ağaoğlu, Latife Tekin, Elif Şafak, Emine Sevgi Özdamar, Mehmet Uzun, and Mıgırdıç Margosyan. The language of instruction is Turkish. For the possibility of being taken simultaneously by graduate students, and of fulfilling the research seminar requirements in History in particular, see LIT 692.

Last Offered Terms Course Name SU Credit
Fall 2017-2018 Advanced Topics in Turkish Literature 3
Spring 2013-2014 Advanced Topics in Turkish Literature 3
Fall 2011-2012 Advanced Topics in Turkish Literature 3
Spring 2009-2010 Advanced Topics in Turkish Literature 3
Fall 2006-2007 Advanced Topics in Turkish Literature 3
Spring 2003-2004 Advanced Topics in Turkish Literature 3

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ECTS Credit: 6 ECTS / 6 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
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