Journal of Turkish Literature Issue 9 Published

The Center for Turkish Literature has just published the ninth annual issue of The Journal of Turkish Literature (JTL), the world's first and only English-language scholarly journal devoted in its entirety to Turkish literature. The new issue has a stunning multicolor cover featuring a 16th-century Nigarî miniature painting of Sultan Selim II, who was also a poet. Edited by Prof. Talat Halman, Associate Editor Dr. Jayne L. Warner and assistants Meriç Kurtuluş and Gizem Sevinç, the 160-page issue contains articles by Bill Hickman on the 14th-century Divan poet Şeyyad Hamza, by Burcu Karahan on female sexuality in Tanzimat-Meşrutiyet fiction, by Nazmi Ağıl on ekphrasis in Turkish poetry, and by Murat Nemet-Nejat on George Messo's translations of modern Turkish poetry, as well as a book review by Clifford Endres.

A special feature of the current JTL issue is the reprint of Halide Edib's translation of Nazım Hikmet's celebrated long poem entitled "Letters to Taranta-Babu," originally published 75 years ago in the Indian newspaper The Bombay Chronicle. JTL's memorabilia section presents the long introduction of the pioneering British scholar E. J. W. Gibb's 1901 anthology, "Ottoman Literature: The Poets and Poetry of Turkey."

The JTL's Issue 9 is available for 45 TL (or 25 USD, or 20 EUR) from the Bilkent University Center for Turkish Literature in Ankara, Turkey (e-mail:; telephone: 290 2317). The first three issues can also be purchased as a set for a total of 55 TL (or 30 USD, or 25 EUR).