Özen Nergis Dolcerocca is an Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Koç University, Istanbul. She received her doctoral degree in Comparative Literature from New York University in 2016.

She is the editor of the special issue entitled “Beyond World Literature: Reading Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar Today,” which appeared in the journal of Middle Eastern Literatures in 2017. The issue offers new ways to read Turkish literature, beyond its common perception as the phantasmic union of ‘East’ and ‘West.’ Her most recent articles “Free Spirited Clocks: Tanpınar’s Modernism and Time Regulation Institute,” and “Chronometrics in the Modern Metropolis: The City, the Past and Collective Memory in A.H. Tanpınar,” which was published in Modern Language Notes, both mark out a transnational comparativism that contribute to the current debates on comparative methodologies and modernist studies.

Her book project, provisionally entitled Against Chronometry: Modernism’s Politics and Poetics of Time, explores the theorization and imagining of time in the early twentieth-century literature and thought, based on a transnational and translational model of literary history. A comparative study of modernism from Turkish, French and German literary traditions, the monograph focuses on the underexamined counter-tendency in the time-mind of modernism, which has long been associated with the cardinal modes of recovering lost time and streaming it back to consciousness. Foregrounding the major texts of the Turkish modernist A.H. Tanpinar, who provides a unique and particularly relevant insight into the crisis of time, it shows that the modernists in this study, namely H. Bergson, W. Benjamin and R. Walser, invite us to rethink time in a durational mode of becoming, and to consider temporal multiplicities in cultural periodicity and in political modernities.

She is currently working on a second project, called “In Defense of Translatability after the Cultural Turn,” a series of articles which engage with Comparative Literature and political philosophy, arguing against narratives of ‘alternative modernity.’ A draft of the first essay, “The Daemon of Europe: Europe’s Refugee Policy and the Turkey Paradox” was presented at the ACLA’17.


Ph.D. Comparative Literature, New York University, January 2016 (distinction)
Dissertation: Time Regulation Institutes: Time in Modern Literary and Cultural Imagination (1889-1960)

Visiting Student at Columbia University, 2010
Visiting Scholar at University Sorbonne-Nouvelle. Paris, France, 2014-2015

M.A. Comparative Literature, New York University, 2010
Thesis: The Bergsonian Struggle of De-Regulating Time

M.A. Cultural Studies, Sabanci University, Istanbul, 2008
Thesis: Self and Desire in Modern Turkish Novel

Visiting Graduate Student at Université Paris 8. Paris, France.

B.A. English Literature, Bogazici University, Istanbul, 2006 (summa cum laude)

Erasmus Program Student at Philipps Universität, Marburg, Germany. 2005

Upcoming Talks and Conferences

“Do Objects Endure?: Benjamin’s Material Philosophy of Time,” Modernist Objects, Third International Conference of the French Society for Modernist Studies (SEM), June 13-16 2018, Paris Sorbonne University.

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