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Code LIT 692
Term 201701
Title Advanced Topics in Turkish Literature
Faculty Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Subject Literature(LIT)
SU Credit 3
ECTS Credit 10.00
Instructor(s) Hulya Adak,
Detailed Syllabus
Language of Instruction Turkish
Level of Course Doctoral
Type of Course Click here to view.
(only for SU students)
Mode of Delivery Interactive lecture,Seminar
Planned Learning Activities Interactive,Discussion based learning

This seminar 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. Seminar 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 692 encourages in- depth analyses of fewer literary works. The authors to be covered include (but are not limited to) Ahmet Hamdi Tanp?nar, O?uz Atay, Orhan Pamuk, Adalet A?ao?lu, Latife Tekin, Elif Safak, Emine Sevgi Ozdamar, Mehmet Uzun, and M?g?rd?c Margosyan The language of instruction is Turkish. Subject to the completion of a long (approx. 30 pages) research paper largely based on primary sources, this seminar counts towards the fulfillment of the research seminar requirements for the MA and PhD degrees in History.


To develop the interpretive and analytical skills needed to approach literature as an aesthetic and a social phenomenon.

Learning Outcome

At the end of the course, students should be able to:
1. demonstrate familiarity with the history of Turkish literature, especially after the first half of the nineteenth century, and the broad outlines of its relation to social history,
2. define and use period and genre terms such as ?modern? or ?the novel? with an awareness of their cultural and transcultural contexts,
3. identify and discuss a number of major themes through which texts from various genres and periods of Turkish literature can be compared and analyzed,
4. discuss a number of specific works of Turkish literature in the light of their thematic and formal ties to their historical and cultural contexts.

Programme Outcomes
Common Outcomes For All Programs
1 Develop and deepen the current and advanced knowledge in the field with original thought and/or research and come up with innovative definitions based on Master's degree qualifications 4
2 Conceive the interdisciplinary interaction which the field is related with ; come up with original solutions by using knowledge requiring proficiency on analysis, synthesis and assessment of new and complex ideas. 4
3 Evaluate and use new information within the field in a systematic approach. 3
4 Develop an innovative knowledge, method, design and/or practice or adapt an already known knowledge, method, design and/or practice to another field; research, conceive, design, adapt and implement an original subject. 3
5 Critical analysis, synthesis and evaluation of new and complex ideas. 5
6 Gain advanced level skills in the use of research methods in the field of study. 4
7 Contribute the progression in the field by producing an innovative idea, skill, design and/or practice or by adapting an already known idea, skill, design, and/or practice to a different field independently. 3
8 Broaden the borders of the knowledge in the field by producing or interpreting an original work or publishing at least one scientific paper in the field in national and/or international refereed journals. 1
9 Demonstrate leadership in contexts requiring innovative and interdisciplinary problem solving. 2
10 Develop new ideas and methods in the field by using high level mental processes such as creative and critical thinking, problem solving and decision making. 4
11 Investigate and improve social connections and their conducting norms and manage the actions to change them when necessary. 1
12 Defend original views when exchanging ideas in the field with professionals and communicate effectively by showing competence in the field. 4
13 Ability to communicate and discuss orally, in written and visually with peers by using a foreign language at least at a level of European Language Portfolio C1 General Level. 3
14 Contribute to the transition of the community to an information society and its sustainability process by introducing scientific, technological, social or cultural improvements. 2
15 Demonstrate functional interaction by using strategic decision making processes in solving problems encountered in the field. 2
16 Contribute to the solution finding process regarding social, scientific, cultural and ethical problems in the field and support the development of these values. 4
Common Outcomes For All Programs
1 Develop the ability to use critical, analytical, and reflective thinking and reasoning 5
2 Reflect on social and ethical responsibilities in his/her professional life. 4
3 Gain experience and confidence in the dissemination of project/research outputs 4
4 Work responsibly and creatively as an individual or as a member or leader of a team and in multidisciplinary environments. 4
5 Communicate effectively by oral, written, graphical and technological means and have competency in English. 3
6 Independently reach and acquire information, and develop appreciation of the need for continuously learning and updating. 4
1 Design and model engineering systems and processes and solve engineering problems with an innovative approach.
2 Establish experimental setups, conduct experiments and/or simulations.
3 Analytically acquire and interpret data.
Common Outcomes ForFaculty of Arts & Social Sci.
1 Develop a thorough knowledge of theories, concepts, and research methods in the field and apply them in research design and data analysis. 4
2 Assess the impact of the economic, social, and political environment from a global, national and regional level. 5
3 Know how to access written and visual, primary and secondary sources of information, interpret concepts and data from a variety of sources in developing disciplinary and interdisciplinary analyses. 5
History (with thesis) Program Outcomes Core Electives III (Research Seminars)
1 Demonstrate command of comparative perspectives, which may include the ability to compare the histories of different societies, or cultures awareness of continuity and change over extended time spans. 3
2 Construct concepts and theories derived from the humanities and social sciences. 4
3 Analyze the evidence from the research to support a historical argument for an answer to a research question. 1
4 Apply a critical perspective to evaluating historical arguments, including the quality of the sources, the validity of the interpretations of those sources, and the soundness of the argument's use of evidence to support a historical interpretation. 2
5 Develop and sustain historical arguments in a variety of literary forms, formulating appropriate questions and utilizing evidence. 4
1 Have knowledge of a comprehensive and integrated picture of contemporary Turkey, including all its promise and problems.
2 Have knowledge of an up-to-date grasp of the overall shape and basic outlines of the country?s history; the complexity of the multiple and often contradictory strands of its culture; the fundamental structures and emerging dynamics of its economy; and the basic setting, enduring legacies as well as shifting realignments of its politics.
3 Have a sensitive appreciation of the possible paths and choices it faces early in the 21st century.
4 Able to Respond to the international demand for knowledge about the history, culture, languages, politics and economy of Turkey.
5 Able to Independently formulate critical research questions, and pursue them into a deepening knowledge of the subject.
1 Establish a strong theoretical background in several of a broad range of subjects related to the discipline, such as manufacturing processes, service systems design and operation, production planning and control, modeling and optimization, stochastics, statistics.
2 Develop novel modeling and / or analytical solution strategies for problems in integrated production and service systems involving human capital, materials, information, equipment, and energy, also using an interdisciplinary approach whenever appropriate.
3 Implement solution strategies on a computer platform for decision-support purposes by employing effective computational and experimental tools.
4 Acquire skills to independently explore and tackle problems related to the discipline that were not encountered previously. Develop appropriate modeling, solution, implementation strategies, and assess the quality of the outcome.
1 Demonstrate an understanding of the different approaches, concepts, and theoretical legacies in the interdisciplinary field of Cultural Studies.
2 Identify interconnections of knowledge within and across the disciplines of sociology, anthropology, literature, visual studies, philosophy, and psychology.
3 Demonstrate an understanding of the multiple methodologies used in cultural analysis; in particular, ethnographic fieldwork, participant-observation, interviewing, oral history, focus group discussions, textual criticism, and visual analysis
4 Cultivate a critical approach to the study of culture, articulating the relations between culture, power, and history; exploring cultural diversity and socio-cultural change at the local, national and global level; and exploring the corresponding demands for rights and social justice.
5 Be able to conduct original research and develop sound analysis of phenomena in the realm of cultural production, consumption, and representation; develop and present advanced oral and written evaluations of one's research and arguments.
Recommended or Required Reading

O?uz Atay, Korkuyu Beklerken
Orhan Pamuk, Beyaz Kale
A. H. Tanp?nar, Saatleri Ayarlama Enstitusu
Sevim Burak, Yan?k Saraylar
Haydar Karatas, Yan?k Saraylar
Mine So?ut, Sahbaz'?n Harikulade Y?l? 2979
Leyla Erbil, Cuce
Latife Tekin, Buzdan K?l?clar
Yusuf At?lgan, Anayurt Oteli
Bilge Karasu, Gece