NEWS AND EVENTS: 2013-2014

The department's newest faculty member, Dr. Andrew McKendry, received his PhD in English literature from Queen's University (Kingston, Canada) in 2013. His SSHRC-funded doctoral dissertation, which won the A. C. Hamilton award for the most distinguished dissertation of the year, focused on the political thought and narrative technique of Daniel Defoe, best known as the author of Robinson Crusoe (1719). With the support of a SSHRC Michael Smith Foreign Travel Supplement, Andrew undertook archival research in London during the summer of 2012, and he has worked as editorial assistant for Eighteenth-Century Fiction.

Though he maintains an interest in a broad range of areas, he studies primarily the literature of the Long Eighteenth Century (1660-1830), in particular the rhetoric of political and religious difference. He has published articles on Samuel Johnson and Thomas Gray, and he is currently investigating the transatlantic dimensions of early eighteenth-century toleration debates.

Dr. McKendry is presently teaching courses on literary theory (ELIT 222), critical reading (ELIT 114), and seventeenth- and eighteenth-century literature (ELIT 356).




In December 2013: The Departments of English Language & Literature and American Culture & Literature presented the premiere performances of Sirens of Lachesis. Written and directed by Ceren Turan, a senior student majoring in computer science and minoring in English language and literature, the play featured ELIT senior Erolcan Talas in the role of Noah, the male lead.

With a well-paying job and a loving wife, Noah's life at first glance seems ideal. But as the curtains veiling the truth are slowly lifted, we see a man unsatisfied with both his career and his personal life.

Noah is a playwright in his early thirties who works in an advertising agency. Throughout the play, we see the clash between his and his wife Helen's true inner selves and the social masks they wear. Commenting on the roles people are forced to play in order to be accepted by society, the play also satirizes "seem-to-be" intellectuals.

The full production of Sirens of Lachesis can be seen on youtube.com.


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
E-mail: elitbilkent.edu.tr
Administrative Assistant: Elif Yalçın