Modern Greek Studies Association


Ali Bolcakan

Ph.D. Candidate

University of Michigan

Dept. of Comparative Literature

BA in Cultural Studies, 2009 Sabanci University, Istanbul, Turkey

Principal Publications

Re-thinking Written Borders in Turkish Literature: Armenian Literature and the Turkish Canon.” Armenian Studies Program, 14th Annual Graduate Student Workshop. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. April 17, 2015.

“Borrowed Legacies & Appropriated Histories: The Influence of Orientalism In Nationalistic Turkish Literature.” ACLA 2015. American Comparative Literature Association, Seattle, WA. March 28, 2015.

“Comparative Literature in Turkey.” ACLA 2015. American Comparative Literature Association, Seattle, WA. March 27, 2015.

“A Curious Friendship: Sabahattin Ali & Nihal Atsız and Translating Europe.” Transnational Perspectives on the Life and Work of Sabahattin Ali. Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies at NYU, New York, NY. March 6, 2015.

“Lost in Transition: From Multilingualism to Monolingualism in Early Republican Turkey.” ACLA 2014, American Comparative Literature Studies Association, New York, NY. March 21, 2014.

“Literary Representations of Discriminatory Policies in 1940s & 1950s Turkey: Zaven Biberyan's Novels.” 47th Annual Meeting, Middle East Studies Association, New Orleans, LA. Oct. 11, 2013.

"Turkish-German Cinema: A Cinema of Multiple Filmic Belongings." Transnational German Studies Workshop. University of Warwick & Freie Universität Berlin. May 19–26, 2013.

“Racial Tensions in Mid-Twentieth Century Istanbul in Zaven Biberyan's Novels”, Armenian Cultural Life in Istanbul, Armenian Studies Program, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Feb. 15, 2013.

“Turkish-German Cinema in Turkey”, Transnational German Studies Workshop, Germanic Languages & Literatures, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. May 9-14, 2012.

Department of Comparative Literature
2015 Tisch Hall
435 South State Street 
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1003

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Areas of Specialization

Comparative Literature

Language Reforms

Translation Studies

Late Ottoman Empire Studies

Armenian Studies

Modern Greek Studies

Turkish Studies

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