…Southern Illinois U Carbondale…
Australian Aboriginal Literature African American Literature American Literature Book History
I recently completed a PhD in American Literature at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. My dissertation, Utopian Regionalism: The Speculative Radicalism of Local Color in the Long Gilded Age, argues the participation of seemingly conservative regionalist texts at the turn of the twentieth century in progressive socialist, feminist, anti-racist, and environmental movements by comparing them to contemporaneous (more recognizably radical) utopian texts. I am also an activist, educator, and personal essayist, holding an MFA from the University of Nebraska Omaha, and my work has appeared recently in Longridge Review, Boston Accent Lit, and IDK Magazine, among others. In pedagogy as in research and creative work, I am interested in place, community formation, and social change.
Dr. Sevinç Türkkan teaches modern Turkish literature and intellectual history at the University of Rochester. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Comparative Literature Studies, Türkisch-deutsche Studien Jahrbuch, Translation and Literature, Teaching Translation (Ed. L. Venuti, Routledge), Orhan Pamuk: Critical Essays on a Novelist between Worlds (Ibidem), Global Perspectives on Orhan Pamuk (Routledge), Post-1960 Novelists in Turkey, Making Connections, International Journal of the Humanities, and elsewhere. Her translations from German appeared in Best European Fiction edited by Aleksandar Hemon (Dalkey Archive Press). Her translation of Aslı Erdoğan’s book The Stone Building and Other Places was published by City Lights Books in 2018. She is the co-editor (with David Damrosch) of Approaches to Teaching the Works of Orhan Pamuk (MLA, 2017) and she is at work on a book manuscript titled Translation Criticism and the Construction of World Literature.
My interests include Flannery O’Connor and Tom Wolfe, about whom I have written books, Trollope, W.H. Auden, Kipling, Vikram Seth, formal poetry, heraldry (see my “Semiotics and Heraldry”), religion & literature, and the collapse of the culture I thought it was my job to preserve when I became a scholar.
global southern literature, pedagogy
Senior Lecturer of English and Film & Media Studies Affiliated faculty, Japanese Studies