Journal of Turkish Literature’s Issue 10 Published

10 February 2014 Comments Off on Journal of Turkish Literature’s Issue 10 Published

The Center for Turkish Literature has just published the 10th 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 issue celebrates the 15th anniversary of the founding of the Center for Turkish Literature at Bilkent University. The image appearing on the cover, a miniature from the Surname-i Vehbi in the Topkapı Palace Museum Library, was made available courtesy of the Topkapı Palace Museum.

Edited by Prof. Talat Halman and assistants Berat Melih Kalender and Meriç Kurtuluş, the 160-page publication contains articles by Mehmet Karabela on the dialectical discourse in classical Ottoman literature; by Sevinç Elaman-Garner on “The New Turkish Woman and Her Discontents”; by Barry Tharaud on Yaşar Kemal’s “The Undying Grass”; by Zeynep Tüfekçioğlu on Ahmet Ümit’s “Patasana” as postmodernist fiction; by Mine Krause on Elif Şafak’s “The Bastard of Istanbul”; and by Simla Ayşe Doğangün on Elif Şafak’s “The Forty Rules of Love.”

The issue’s “Memorabilia” section presents a hefty part of Fazlı’s “Gül ü Bülbül” (The Rose and the Nightingale) in a metrical translation by Joseph von Hammer-Purgstall and Epiphanius Wilson, which originally appeared in “Turkish Literature: Fables, Belles Lettres and Sacred Traditions” (London & New York, The Colonial Press, 1901).

The JTL’s Issue 10 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: ext. 2317).