N. Hülya Yilmaz
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N. Hülya Yilmaz

N. Hülya Yilmaz

Senior Lecturer in German and instructor in Comparative Literature Studies

contemporary German literature; minority German writers; feminist theory and practice in the context of Islam

230 Burrowes Building
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Education:

  1. Ph.D. The University of Michigan

Biography:

Dr. Yilmaz earned her Ph.D. at The University of Michigan in German literature with her comparative dissertation on the influence of Sufism upon 19th and 20th century German poetry. She authored a book on the same subject, Das Ghasel des islamischen Orients in der deutschen Dichtung. She specializes in contemporary German literature with a primary focus on Germany's minority authors and the implementation of feminist theory in modern day Germany within the Islamic context. Her current research interests include migrant literature of Germany; Islam in Germany and in the U.S.; transnational and diasporic literatures; and gender and identity issues within Islam. Her teaching background and interests encompass German language, literature and culture; Germany's ghazal writers and Turkish authors; female representation in German mainstream and migrant writings; and literary reflections of Islamic feminist practices in contemporary Turkish-German and Turkish literatures. In Spring 2012 her book chapter on Orhan Pamuk, recipient of the 2006 Nobel Prize in Literature, will appear in Global Perspectives on Orhan Pamuk: Existentialism and Politics (Literatures and Cultures of the Islamic World) (M. M. Afridi and D. M. Buvze, Eds.; Palgrave McMillan). She also has a poem “twinning with Munch: silent scream” forthcoming in the Spring 2012 issue of Pastiche from the OLLI Penn State Writers Group.