Oxford University Press Publishes Ayşe Çelikkol's Book

Dr. Ayşe Çelikkol's book, "Romances of Free Trade: British Literature, Laissez-Faire, and the Global Nineteenth Century," was published by Oxford University Press in July 2011. Dr. Çelikkol, who teaches in the departments of English Language and Literature (ELIT) and American Culture and Literature (AMER), pursues interdisciplinary approaches to literature and the history of economic thought. "Romances of Free Trade" historicizes present-day globalization by turning to its roots in the 19th century. Dr. Çelikkol shows how Britons, witnessing the emergence of a globalized free market economy, were haunted by a sense that borders were dissolving. The literary romance genre allowed them to conceptualize and critique such a radically new historical formation. Reviewing Dr. Çelikkol's book, Prof. Ian Duncan of UC Berkeley has commented, "[this] book will change the way we think about the work of fiction in the historical emergence of global capitalism."