Pelin Kivrak

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Pelin Kivrak works on representations of cosmopolitanism, hospitality and responsibility in modern and contemporary Near Eastern literatures, film and visual arts. Her dissertation, Imperfect Cosmopolitanisms, introduces the possibility of provincially located cosmopolitan morals and the productive tensions that give rise to their representations. It presents a comparative analysis of literary, cinematographic and artistic texts by examining how various representations of host-guest interactions in fictional and re-converted domestic spaces acknowledge and further complicate theories of cosmopolitanism. Pelin’s other scholarly work covers a range of topics in women’s studies, social justice and human rights. Her second project develops out of a transnational study of novels from developing countries and it seeks to explore the oppression and exploitation of precarious workers by calling attention to the relation between neoliberalism, feminism and narrative form. Her broader research and teaching interests include diaspora and immigrant literatures, social realism, modern and contemporary visual arts, history of feminism in the Middle East, Late-Ottoman Literature, Iranian literature and Middle Eastern cinema.

She holds a BA degree in Literature from Harvard University. Before coming to Yale she worked as an assistant to Orhan Pamuk at the Museum of Innocence in Istanbul. Pelin is also a fiction writer. Her first book, Hiçlikte İhtimal Var (There is Possibility in Nothingness) has been awarded the national 2017 Yaşar Nabi Nayır Short Fiction Prize in Turkey.

Research Interests

Critical Theory and Philosophy; Cultural History; Fiction; Film; Literary Theory; Middle Eastern Languages and Literatures

Working Languages

French, German, Ottoman, Persian, Spanish, Turkish

Education History

M.Phil. Comparative Literature, Yale University, 2016

M.A. Comparative Literature, Yale University, 2016

B.A. Literature, Harvard University, 2011