Reception of Transnational Kurdish Novelists' Works

This project is ongoing.

This literary studies book project explores post-modern narratology and transnational Kurdish novelists’ role as witness to their people’s experience of political and cultural upheaval in the past several decades.  The book’s chapters will explore (1) prison experience as a narrative frame, (2) the blurring of perpetrators and victim’s roles in the narrative, (3) narratological strategies employed to avoid censorship while witnessing for a domestic audience, and (4) narratological strategies used to effectively address a global audience.  The project involves literary analysis of multiple Iraqi-Kurdish and Turkish-Kurdish novelists’ works published in Kurdish, Turkish, German and English since 1980, as well as analysis of the works’ distribution and reception in various countries. 

Because two of the authors in this study, namely Bahtiyar Ali and Mehmet Uzun, write (or wrote) solely in Kurdish and much of their critical reception has also been in Kurdish, I am looking for a UT student who has advanced reading proficiency in Kurmanji or Sorani Kurdish (or even better, both) to help me locate and summarize the contents of relevant Kurdish newspaper and journal articles related to these two authors' major works.  Hence, this research apprentice’s main two activities would be

  • Conducting literature searches and/or helping me to obtain literature (in Kurdish)
  • Creating annotated bibliographies (in English)
Qualifications

I am looking for a UT student who has advanced reading proficiency in Kurmanji or Sorani Kurdish (or even better, both) to help me locate and summarize the contents of relevant Kurdish newspaper and journal articles related to these two authors' major works.  Hence, this research apprentice’s main two activities would be

  • Conducting literature searches and/or helping me to obtain literature (in Kurdish)
  • Creating annotated bibliographies (in English)

Familiarity with Kurdish-language newspapers and literary journals is desirable.

 

Project Timeline

Spring semester 2021, Summer 2021 and possibly Fall 2021

Duties
  • Conducting literature searches and/or helping me to obtain literature (in Sorani and/or Kurmanji Kurdish)
  • Creating annotated bibliographies (in English)
Typical Time Commitment
5-10 hours per week
Desired Length of Commitment
1-2 semesters

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