Kim Fortuny

Academic CV: KimFortuny_31.10.2022_CV

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Areas of Expertise

Twentieth-Century English and American Poetry, Ecopoetics



Ph.D., English, Emphasis on American Letters, The University of Iowa (2000)

M.A., English, Emphasis on Nineteenth and Twentieth-Century American and English Letters, Portland State University (1993)

B.A., Western Languages and Literatures, Boğaziçi University (1988)


Courses Taught

 Undergraduate Courses:

El 101/102: Survey of English Literature

ENGL 105: Introduction to Literary Forms

HUM 101/102: Cultural Encounters I/II

CL 205/206: Literary Theory and Criticism I/II

EL 201: Medieval Literature

EL 202: The English Renaissance

AL 311: Survey of America Literature, 17th-19th Centuries

AL 312: Survey of American Literature, 19th Century to Present

EL 303: Restoration and Augustan Literature

EL 306: The Romantics

EL 305: Studies in Shakespeare

EL 408: Modern Poetry

EL 412: Senior Thesis

Department Electives:

AL 487: American Nature Writing

CL 486: Literature and the Environment

EL 484: The American Romantics

CL 481: Twentieth-Century Poets on Poetry

AL 488: Fiction of the American South

EL 489: Creative Non-Fiction: The Essay

Graduate Courses:


EL 511: 20th-Century North American Poetry: Modernism to Postmodernism

EL 688: Travel Literature and Social Aesthetics

EL 588: Ecopoetics


EL 68K: Ecopoetics

EL 68A: Pro-Seminar: Literary Aesthetics


Selected Publications


Animals and the Environment in Turkish Culture: Ecocriticism and Transnational            Literature.  London: I.B. Tauris (Bloomsbury Press), 2019.

American Writers in Istanbul: Melville, Twain, Hemingway, Dos Passos, Bowles, Algren, Baldwin, Settle.  Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2009.

Elizabeth Bishop: The Art of Travel.  Boulder: University Press of Colorado, 2003.

Refereed Articles

“Nazim Hikmet’s Ecopoetics and the Gezi Park Protests.” Middle Eastern Literatures (SOAS, Routledge) 19.2 (2016): 162-184.

“Herman Melville’s Near East Journal and Ahmet Hamdi Tanpinar’s Five Cities: Affinities of Culture, Nature, and Islamic Mysticism in Istanbul.”  Nineteenth-Century Contexts (Routledge). 37.2 (2015): 127-145.

“Elizabeth Bishop’s ‘Pink Dog’ and Other Non-Human Animals.” Textual Practice (Routledge).  29.6 (2015): 1099-1116. Reprinted in Literary Theory: An Anthology. Third Edition. Eds. Julie Rivkin and Michael Ryan. London: Blackwell Publishing, 2017. 1567-1580.

“Islam, Westernization and Post-Humanist Place: The Case of the Istanbul Street Dog.” ISLE (Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and the Environment) (Oxford UP). 21.2 (2014): 271-297.

“James Baldwin’s 1970 Turkish Interviews: “The American way of life” and the Rhetoric of War from Vietnam to the Near and Middle East.” TSLL (Texas Studies in Literature and Language), University of Texas Press.  55.4 (2013): 434-451.

“Public Tropes and Private Narratives: Orientalist Discourse in Byron’s The Giaour.”  Interactions.  Izmir: Ege University Press, 2011.

“The Integration of Nature and Culture in Ahmet Hamdi Tanpinar’s ‘Poetics of Loss.’” Journal of Turkish Literature.  Ankara: Bilkent University Press, 2011.