In September 2009: the members of the Department were pleased to learn that Dr. Ayse Çelikkol has accepted a joint appointment in the ELIT and AMER Departments, to commence in January 2010. Dr. Çelikkol took her BS degree from Bilkent University, Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering. She earned her BA with Honors in English, summa cum laude from Beloit College in 2000, and her MA in English from Rice University, in 2004. She received her PhD in English from Rice University in 2006. Her doctoral dissertation is titled "Free Trade and Fantasies of the Global in British Literature and Political Economy, 1814-1864".

On September 4, 2009: the Department faculty members had a greeting and orientation meeting with our newly arrived first-year students.

In September and October 2009, the meetings of Bilkent-ELIT-Ceviri Grubu resumed. Throughout the 2009 fall semester Bilkent-ELIT-Ceviri Grubu continues to meet regularly and complete work-in-progress. The group hopes also to extend its membership to other ELIT students interested in literary translation. The new coordinator is Saliha Arseven.

December 2009: A Moment of Disarmament: Staging Bernard Shaw's Arms and the Man: Third-year students of the Department of English Language and Literature and the Department of American Culture and Literature performed Bernard Shaw's Arms and the Man in the FEASS Building's C Block Auditorium (on Friday and Saturday, December 25 and 26). Shaw's play, a comedy written in the later nineteenth century when the playwright was 38, critiques romantic ideas of war. It is well-known for its unexpected turns of events, mistaken identities, surprising opinions on war and love, irony, wit and satire. With its various themes, like the folly of war, the evils of capitalism and the importance of empathy and love, the play still appeals to modern theatre-goers. This is the second performance project Literature students have participated in, and their efforts have once again met with appreciative laughter and applause.

  • Catherine: Yasemin Bayramoglu
  • Raina: Mehtap Akbas
  • Petkoff: Melih Mol
  • Sergius: Cihan Demir
  • Bluntschili: Ibrahim Kavasoglu
  • Louka: Ilknur Yakar
  • Nicola: Ali Dur
  • Officer: Betül Erdem
  • Directed by: Dr Gül Kurtulus

In December 2009, Duygu Senocak, a fourth-year student of the Department of English Language and Literature participated in 17th METU British Novelists Conference organized by the Department of Foreign Language Education, Middle East Technical University, Ankara. The seventeenth of the series of 2-day conferences was on Hanif Kureishi and his fiction. Duygu Senocak presented a paper entitled "The Politics of Pleasure in Intimacy and Something to Tell You".

In January 2010, Bilkent ELIT-Ceviri Grubu translated Ursule K. Le Guin's The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas from English to Turkish. It is published in the 12th issue of Koridor Dergisi. The journal can be purchased from Bilkent's Meteksan Bookstore. Throughout the academic year Bilkent ELIT-Ceviri Grubu continues translating new short stories and essays.

On March 31, 2010, William Armstrong, a student of English literature and recent graduate of Goldsmiths College, University of London, visited the Department. His presentation began as an informal question-and-answer dialogue with Don Randall. The topics addressed included William's motivation for undertaking literary studies, the satisfactions and disappointments of his undergraduate career, the benefits he has derived from his studies, and his prospective plans for postgraduate studies. Following this dialogue presentation, William responded to questions and comments from the students and faculty members in attendance.

In May 2010, Melih Mol & Nurulhude Baykal (ELIT-third year students) and Ülkem Önal & Yasemin Gülfem Toy (ELIT-second year students) participated in the First International Undergraduate Symposium, Youth and Myth, held at Ege University, Izmir, with papers on physical education in Turkey, J.D. Salinger'sThe Catcher in The Rye, Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray and "Millenials as consumers". All four speakers received warm interest with their presentations.

Conference Abstracts


On October 16 and 17, 2008, the Department of English Language and Literature hosted its first international conference, "Anglophone Literatures in International Contexts."

During a very full two days of meetings, papers were given by scholars from England, the United States, Canada, and Germany, as well as by Bilkent faculty members and visitors from other Turkish universities.

The keynote speaker was Professor Elleke Boehmer, Professor of World Literature in English, University of Oxford.

In addition to giving two research-based presentations, Professor Boehmer read from her new novel Nile Baby.

On October 30 and 31, 2008, the Department of English Language and Literature co-hosted, with the Department of American Literature and Culture, the visit of Jerome Rothenberg, the celebrated American poet, scholar, and translator.

Rothenberg's two-day activity, titled "American Experimental Poetry" began with a Poetry Reading Performance on Oct. 30, and continued, the next day, with the lecture presentation "Translation and Other Forms of 'Othering'."

On December 15, 2008, Turkish translations of two stories by Janet Frame, "Dossy" and "My Last Story," were published by Bilkent-ELIT-Ceviri Grubu in the literary magazine Kül Öykü. Bilkent-ELIT-Çeviri Grubu, a group of second-year English Language and Literature students under the direction of Dr Mine Özyurt-Kiliç, has undertaken a series of translation workshops. The group meets on a regular basis to discuss and translate short stories, poems and short essays by contemporary British women writers who focus on motherhood, the mother-daughter bond, the representation of mothers, and the search on part of female writers for a literary tradition. One of the aims of the group is to introduce the Turkish reader to the works of contemporary British women writers whose stories have not been translated into Turkish yet.

In January 2009, the Department's first-year students published their translation of William Saroyan's "Why I Write," which was featured as the "Essay of the Month" in Kül Öykü Gazetesi.

In January and February 2009, the publications of Bilkent-ELIT-Ceviri Grubu continued: in Issues 21 and 22 of Kül Öykü, translations of Maggie Gee's "The Blue" and Fay Weldon's "Au Pair" appeared; in Issue 9 of the literary magazine Koridor the group's translation of Nicola Barker's "Inside Information" was published. Throughout the 2009 Spring semester Bilkent-ELIT-Ceviri Grubu continued to meet regularly and to complete work-in-progress with texts by Jamaica Kincaid and Jackie Kay. The group extends its membership to other ELIT students interested in literary translation.

On April 21, 2009, Assistant Professor Margaret Sönmez visited the Department, giving a lecture titled "Silence and 'The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde'" to faculty members and students.

In preparation for Mayfest 2009, ELIT first-, second- and third-year students prepared a production of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest, directed by Dr Gül Kurtulus.

  • John Worthing: Melih Mol
  • Algernon Moncrieff: Dogan Çaliskan
  • Rev. Canon Chausable: Nur Baykal
  • Merriman (Butler): Cihan Demir
  • Lane: Ibrahim Kavasooglu
  • Lady Bracknell: Mehtap AkbaÅY
  • Gwendolen Fairfax: Nesrin Mutlu
  • Cecily Cardew: Yonca Bakir
  • Miss Prism: Sinem Oralli / Yasemin Bayramoglu

May 2009: An Earnest Way of Greeting Spring: The Importance of Being Ernest: On Spring Fest eve, Wednesday May 6th 2009, and May 7th, the first day of Spring Fest, ELIT first- and second-year students performed Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest in the Theatre Hall at the Faculty of Music and Performing Arts. The performance attracted quite large audiences. With the accompaniment of professional light and sound effects the play turned out to be an enjoyable experience both for the players and the audience.

On May 14, 2009, the ELIT and AMER Departments co-hosted a special lecture, "Transatlantic Myths of Exchange: Free Trade in Charlotte Bronte's Shirley and Thoreau's Walden," by Dr Ayse Çelikkol, Assistant Professor in the Department of English at Macalester College (St Paul, MN).


On March 6, 2008, Professor Talât Halman inaugurated Bilkent Library's new Lunchtime Lecture Series with an English-language presentation of his celebrated and much-performed "Shakespeare the Turk".

Department of English Language and Literature
Faculty of Humanities and Letters
Bilkent University
Ankara, TURKEY 06800
Phone: +90 312 290 19 30
Fax: +90 312 290 10 73
Administrative Assistant: Elif Yalçın