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College of Arts & Sciences
Department of English Language and Literature

Faculty and Staff Directory

Evren Ozselcuk

First Year English
Department of English Language and Literature

Office: HUO 519


   PhD York University, Communication & Culture
   MA York University, Communication & Culture
   BA Boğaziçi University, History

Areas of Specialization 

   Contemporary Turkish Cinema
   Literature and Television
   Postcolonial Cinema
   Literature and Theory
   Transnational Cinema
   Media and Memory
   Theories of Modernity
   Psychoanalytical Theory

Recently Taught Courses 

   Special Topics in Fiction
   Introduction to Film and Media Studies
   Critical Reading & Composition
   Middle Eastern Cinema

Current Research Projects 

Evren's current book project explores Turkey’s complicated relationship to modernity and its status within the new global order by tracing the ambivalent ways in which taşra (the provinces/the provincial) gets constituted in contemporary Turkish cinema and literature. Drawing from the insights of poststructuralism, postcolonial theory, psychoanalysis and critical theory, Evren bring the nationally-specific concept of taşra into dialogue with a set of transnational problematics. She suggest that focusing on taşra in the Turkish context enables us to rethink the problem of center and margin in the contemporary world more generally and helps us see how the metropolitan center(s) produces its “provinces” in order to facilitate domination of what it disowns and disparages as “margin.”

Selected Publications 

“Unsettling the Metaphor: The Failure of Liberal Hybridity in Fatih Akin’s Crossing The Bridge,” New Cinemas: Journal of Contemporary Film 12: 3 (2014)