Başak Çandar

Academic Specialty:

Theories and Pedagogies of Comparative Literature and World Literature; Literary Representations of Political Violence; 20th and 21st century Turkish Literature.


World Literature, Literary Criticism, Global Cinema, Great Books. 


  • Ph.D., Comparative Literature, University of Michigan
  • B.A., English and Hispanic Studies, Macalester College (Saint Paul, MN)

Selected Publications:

“World Literary Refractions: Orhan Pamuk and Juan Goytisolo,” in Turkish Literature as World Literature. Edited by Çimen Günay Erkol and Burcu Alkan, Bloomsbury, 2021.

“Framing the World: Texts that Circulate and People Who Cannot” in Trauma and Literature in an Age of Globalization. Edited by Jennifer Ballengee and David Kelman, Routledge, 2021.

“World Literature’s Outsides: Transnational Turkish(es) in Murat Uyurkulak’s Tol.” Critical Multilingualism Studies, 7.3, 2019.

“Art that Scars: Literary Reenactments and Self-Conscious Representations in Si te dicen que caí and Kar,” Modern Language Notes, 133.5, December 2018 (Comparative Literature Issue): 1337-1361. doi:10.1353/mln.2018.0085.

“Writing Torture: Erdal Öz’s Yaralısın,” The Journal of Turkish Literature (JTL) 8 (2012): 116-129.


  • The Academy of Outstanding Teachers. College of Arts and Sciences. Appalachian State University. Class of 2020-2021. 
Title: Associate Professor, Director of Undergraduate Studies
Department: Department of English

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Phone: (828) 262-2332

Office address
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