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Doctor of Philosophy Program

The aim of the Ph.D. program in English Literature is to prepare students to be productive scholars, intelligent critics of literature, and competent academics.

Candidates for admission must fulfill the requirements specified in the regulations of the Institute for Graduate Studies in Social Sciences. Candidates are required to take a written and an oral exam to prove their grasp of the field.

The program requires the successful completion of 25 credits, followed in turn by a qualifying examination, the formal proposal, the writing of a dissertation and its defense.

The student chooses three areas of concentration, building upon his/her master’s background, and then focuses upon a field of interest which may be a historical period, a genre, or literary theory and criticism. The qualifying examination tests knowledge in-depth of the areas of concentration and also awareness of the methods of critical interpretation. Each student submits a dissertation in a form approved by his/her dissertation director and by a committee appointed by the department.

The major areas of concentration are Medieval Literature, Renaissance Literature, 17th and 18th Century Literature, Romantic and Victorian Literature, Modern English Literature, and Theory of Criticism.

Each student must take one course in three of these areas followed by two special study courses or doctoral seminars in his/her area of special interest designed to give an early focus to his/her work on the dissertation.

A final public oral examination is given after the candidate’s dissertation has been read and approved. The following topics are to be covered in the examination: a justification of the subject treated and the methods chosen, an account of any new contributions made. The student must develop and answer a series of questions growing out of subjects presented in the dissertation.

Candidates for admission must fulfill the requirements specified in the regulations of the Institute for Graduate Studies in Social Sciences. Candidates are required to take a written and an oral exam to prove their grasp of the field.

The program requires the successful completion of 29 credits / 205 ECTS (seven 4-credit courses and one 1-credit course), followed in turn by a qualifying examination, the formal proposal, the writing of a dissertation, and its defense.

PhD. Template & Course Descriptions

First Semester

Required Course: Proseminar Cr.4 ECTS 10

Elective WLL Special Topics Course  Cr.4 ECTS 10

Elective WLL Special Topics Course  Cr.4 ECTS 10

Second Semester

Elective WLL Special Topics Course  Cr.4 ECTS 10

Elective WLL Special Topics Course  Cr.4 ECTS 10

Elective WLL Special Topics Course  Cr.4 ECTS 10

Third Semester

Elective WLL Special Topics Course  Cr.4 ECTS 10

Elective WLL Special Topics Course or an Elective Non-
WLL Cours  Cr.4 ECTS 10

Studies in English Literature Cr.1 ECTS 5

Fourth Semester & Onward

Doctoral Dissertation Cr.0 ECTS 120

Çağdaş Duman (B.A. Bilkent University; M.A. Boğaziçi University)

Areas of Interest: twentieth-century literature, critical theory, queer studies, theater and performance studies, and film studies.

Email: cagdas.duman@boun.edu.tr

Büşra Erdurucan (B.A. İstanbul University; M.A. Boğaziçi University)

Areas of Interest: 20th and 21st century British drama, theatre and ethics, adaptation

Email:busra.erdurucan@boun.edu.tr

Annelise Hein (B.A. Houghton College NY, USA; M.A Yeditepe University)

Areas of Interest: contemporary novel, identity, cross-border dialogue, and encountering the other

Email: annelisek.hein@gmail.com

Murat Kabak (B.A. Istanbul Kültür University; M.A. Boğaziçi University)

Areas of Interest: contemporary fiction, critical theory and philosophy, and film studies.

Email: murat.kabak@boun.edu.tr

Lamia Kabal (B.A. Boğaziçi University; M.A. Boğaziçi University)

Areas of Interest: modern and contemporary poetry, critical theory and philosophy

Email: lamia.kabal@boun.edu.tr

Aysun Kan (B.A. Boğaziçi University; M.A. Boğaziçi University)

Areas of Interest: in-yer-face theatre, ecopoetics

Email: aysun.kan@boun.edu.tr

Eser Pehlivan (B.A. İstanbul University; M.A. İstanbul University)

Areas of Interest: Victorian gothic, contemporary fiction, 20th-century Canadian literature, and critical theory.

Email: eser.pehlivan@boun.edu.tr

Ömer Faruk Peksöz (M.A. Boğaziçi University)

Areas of Interest: literary modernism, continental philosophy, literary sound studies

Working Dissertation Title: ”Acoustico-politics of the Modernist Novel: Voice, Infancy, Testimony”

Email: ofpeksoz@gmail.com

Ayşenur Şahingöz (B.A. Boğaziçi University; M.A. Boğaziçi University)

Areas of Interest: ecocriticism, contemporary poetry

Email: aysenur.sahingoz@boun.edu.tr