Burcu Kayışcı Akkoyun

Academic CV: BurcuKayışcıAkkoyun_04.11.2022_CV

Name: Burcu Kayışcı Akkoyun

Contact Information: burcu.akkoyun@boun.edu.tr

Areas of Expertise

Utopian and Dystopian Fiction, Feminist Speculative Fiction, Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Literatures in English, Ecocriticism, Identity Politics, and Narrative Theory


Ph.D., Literary Studies, Monash University (2015)

M.A ., English Literature, Boğaziçi University (2007)

B.A., English Language and Literature, Boğaziçi University (2004)

Courses Taught

EL 101 “Survey of English Literature I”

EL 102 “Survey of English Literature II”

AL 311 “Survey of American Literature from 17th to 19th Century”

EL 402 “Modern Novel”

EL 412 “Senior Thesis”

CL 492 “Special Topic- Dystopia and Dissent: Dystopian Fiction as Social Critique”

CL 48R “Special Topic- Utopia: Fabulation, Fiction, Vision.”

EL 690 “Master Thesis”

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

“Urban Apocalypse, Global Precarity, and Uncanny Liminality in Colson Whitehead’s Zone One and Ling Ma’s Severance.” Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction, 2021. DOI: 10.1080/00111619.2021.1997894.

“‘Spreading’ the Word: Contagion as Method in Adaptations of Plague Narratives.” RumeliDE Dil ve Edebiyat Araştırmaları Dergisi, vol. 24, 2021, pp. 1113-1123. DOI: 10.29000/rumelide.995498.

“Rewriting ‘That Story:’ Anne Sexton, Carol Ann Duffy, and Margaret Atwood.” Gaziantep University Journal of Social Sciences, vol. 20, no. 2, 2021, pp. 562-573. DOI: 10.21547/jss.816169.

“Urban Encounters with Nature and the Search for Equality in the Webs of the City: Tropic of Orange by Karen Tei Yamashita.” Journal of Narrative and Language Studies, vol. 8, no. 15, Jan. 2021, pp. 244-5, https://www.nalans.com/index.php/nalans/article/view/267.

Book Chapters

“Bilimkurgu, Ütopya ve Distopya.” Bilimkurguyu Anlamak: Alt Türlere Eleştirel Yaklaşımlar, hazırlayanlar Cenk Tan, Cem Kılınç ve Seda Uyanık. Nobel Bilim Yayınları, 2021, pp. 27-49.

“Intersections, Interventions, and Utopian Pessimism in Son Ada (The Last Island).” Environment and Fiction, edited by Özden Sözalan and İnci Bilgi Tekin. Peter Lang, 2020, pp. 59-72.

Selected Conference Presentations

“The Childhood / Aging Dichotomy and (Ger)ontological Anxiety in Speculative Fiction,” 18th International Cultural Studies Symposium hosted by Ege University, May 25-27, 2022.

(with Emrah Atasoy) “Eutopian Collaboration against Dystopian Presents and Futures in Turkish Literature,” 21st Conference of the Utopian Studies Society / Europe: UTOPIAN POSSIBILITIES: KNOWLEDGE, HAPPINESS & WELLBEING hosted by the University of Porto, December 10-12, 2021, online.

“Collective Home Building in a (E)Utopian Dystopia: Woman on the Edge of Time,” 7th BAKEA (International Western Cultural and Literary Studies Symposium), jointly hosted by Pamukkale University, Departments of English, German and French Language Literature, September 15-17, 2021, online.

“Eco-ethics and Aesthetics of Non-Human Storytelling” in E(merg)ing Bodies in Speculative Genres” Panel, “EMERGENCE/Y,” the virtual 2021 international conference of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE), July 26-August 6, 2021, online.

“Adapting (to) the Plague: Palimpsestic Representations of the Pandemic,” “L­ivi­ng i­n the End Times: Utopi­an and Dystop­ian Representat­ions of Pandem­ics ­in Fi­ct­ion, Fi­lm and Culture,” an Internat­ional Interdisciplinary Vi­rtual Conference hosted by Cappadocci­a Univers­ity, January 13-15, 2021, online.