TURKISH LITERATURE

Mehmet Kalpaklı , Acting Chair

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The Department of Turkish Literature offers M.A. and Ph.D. degrees, in addition to a Minor Program. Actively admitting students since 1998, the graduate programs are designed to encompass all periods and genres of Turkish literature. Present fields of concentration are: classical literature, literary modernization and contemporary literature.

Aiming at enhancing the standards of Turkish literary studies, the department theoretical, interdisciplinary and comparative approaches, as well as proficiency in several languages.

The languages of instruction are Turkish and English.

MINOR PROGRAM

Providing undergraduate students with familiarity in the humanities is an indispensable part of university education. With that in mind, the new minor program in Turkish Literature is intended to provide students with a strong background in the major texts of Turkish literature, and the cultural contexts in which these texts were produced, as well as to teach students how to read literary texts. Students will take introductory courses in the general history of Turkish literature, as well as elective courses on special topics in Turkish literature (time periods, genres, and so on).

The minor courses in Turkish Literature form part of the department’s preparatory year for Master’s students. These courses are designed for students with no previous experience in literary theory and criticism. It is therefore open to applicants with a sufficient CGPA from any department. Students who are considering a graduate degree in the discipline of literature (Turkish Lit, English Lit, or Comparative Lit) are encouraged to apply.

Prerequisite Courses: None

CURRICULUM

Courses

Code Course Name Hours Credit ECTS
Credit
Lec. Other
EDEB 401  Introduction to Turkish Literature I  3    3  6
EDEB 402  Introduction to Turkish Literature II  3    3  6
EDEB 415  Sources of Literature: Nature and Culture  3    3  6
  Restricted Electives (3)      9  18

RESTRICTED ELECTIVES

Code Course Name Hours Credit ECTS
Credit
Lec. Other
EDEB 401  Introduction to Turkish Literature I  3    3  6
EDEB 402  Introduction to Turkish Literature II  3    3  6
EDEB 403  Theories of Literature  4    4  6
EDEB 405  Written Expression  3    3  6
EDEB 408  Sources of Literature II: From Mimesis to Catharsis  3    3  6
EDEB 411  Ottoman Turkish I  4    4  6
EDEB 412  Ottoman Turkish II  3    3  6
EDEB 413  Theoretical History of Western Civilization  3    3  6
EDEB 415  Sources of Literature: Nature and Culture  3    3  6
EDEB 416  Criticism  4    4  6
EDEB 419  The Turkish Short Story  3    3  6
EDEB 432  Modern Turkish Prose  3    3  6
EDEB 502  Text and Image  3    3  8
EDEB 504  Turkish Folk Literature  3    3  8
EDEB 505  Turkish Literature 1839-1922 I  3    3  8
EDEB 507  Turkish Poetry  3    3  8
EDEB 508  Text and the City:Urban Space and Architecture in Turkish Literature  3    3  8
EDEB 510  Turkish Literature 1839-1922 II  3    3  8
EDEB 511  Ottoman Turkish III  3    3  8
EDEB 512  Ottoman Turkish IV  3    3  8
EDEB 518  Poetry and Translation  6    3  8
EDEB 520  Literary Traditions of Turkey  3    3  8
EDEB 524  The Turkish Novel  3    3  8
EDEB 530  Literary Translation  3    3  8

GRADUATE PROGRAM

Master of Arts in Turkish Literature

The duration of the M.A. program is three years, including a prep year, during which students take courses designed to introduce them to various aspects of literature and to strengthen their proficiency in Ottoman Turkish and foreign languages.

Admission: For entering the M.A. program applicants must be graduates of four-year undergraduate programs, preferably in literature. Applications will be evaluated on the basis of the applicant's scholastic record, ALES results, level of proficiency in Turkish and English, a composition designed to assess his/her ability to critically analyze literary texts, and an interview.

Degree Requirements: Candidates for the M.A. degree are required to complete at least 36 units of credit beyond the preparatory year and to prove their competence in Turkish, Ottoman, and English. Some students may be exempted from English and/or Ottoman depending on their proficiency levels. The candidates may be required to learn additional languages according to their fields of concentration: Persian and/or Arabic for Ottoman Literature; French and/or German for 19th Century Literature and 20th Century Literature. Candidates should prepare and defend a Master's thesis. They should maintain a minimum GPA of 3.00 throughout their studies. Language courses and thesis writing are without credit.

CURRICULUM

Courses

Code Course Name Hours Credit ECTS
Credit
Lec. Other
EDEB 520  Literary Traditions of Turkey  3    3  8
EDEB 593  Seminar      -  1
EDEB 599  Master's Thesis      -  66
EDEB 605  East and West in Turkish Literature  3    3  8
GE 500  Research Methods and Academic Publication Ethics      -  1
GE 590  Academic Practices      -  12
  Electives (5)      15  30

Doctor of Philosophy in Turkish Literature

The doctoral program in Turkish literature is initiated in 2001. Applicants to the program are required to hold an M.A. degree in Turkish Literature or related fields from Bilkent or other universities. To be admitted to the program, applicants from other universities may be required to take written and/or oral exams. The duration of the doctoral program is normally 3.5 years.

Doctoral students must complete course work of at least 24 credit hours with a minimum GPA of 3.00 and fulfill all language requirements before they present their written dissertation proposals and take the comprehensive written and oral exams. The research proposal for the dissertation must be approved by the Department before the candidates may take the comprehensive exams. These exams are designed to evaluate the candidate's expertise in his/her area of concentration and research proposal for the dissertation. The candidate is eligible to take the orals after passing the written exam. Following the successful completion of these requirements, the candidates will conduct research and proceed with the writing of their dissertation, which should embody original research and make a substantial contribution to Turkish literary scholarship. Candidates must successfully defend their dissertation before a committee of the faculty.

Bilkent University will award the successful doctoral candidates the degree of ``Doctor of Philosophy in Turkish Literature''.

CURRICULUM

Courses

Code Course Name Hours Credit ECTS
Credit
Lec. Other
EDEB 693  Pre-Thesis Seminar      -  1
EDEB 699  Ph.D. Dissertation      -  175
GE 500  Research Methods and Academic Publication Ethics      -  1
GE 690  Academic Practices      -  24
  Electives (7)      21  42


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