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Merve Tabur

Merve Tabur

Vice-president, Liberal Arts Collective

230 Burrowes Bldg.


  1. MA Comparative Literature, Dartmouth College, 2014
  2. MA History, Boğaziçi University, 2011
  3. BA Sociology and History, Boğaziçi University, 2008


Merve Tabur is a PhD candidate in the Department of Comparative Literature. Her dissertation, entitled “Ends of Language in the Anthropocene: Narratives of Environmental Destruction in Turkish, Arabic, and Arab-Anglophone Speculative Fiction” addresses the lack of critical inquiry into the ethics and aesthetics of eco-fiction from the Middle East. Her research engages with scholarship in the fields of environmental humanities, postcolonial studies, and feminist theory. Authors studied include Latife Tekin, Hassan Blasim, and Ahmad Naji, among others. Her article “A View from the Moon: Allegories of Representation in Tawfīq al-Ḥakīm and H. G. Wells” was published in Alif: Journal of Comparative Poetics. Merve is also a translator of academic books and articles on literary theory, history, and feminism from English into Turkish.

Classes Taught:

CMLIT 10 (Introduction to World Literature)
CMLIT 13 (Virtual Worlds: Antiquity to Present)
CMLIT 122 (Literature of the Occult)
CMLIT 108 (Myths and Mythologies)
ENGL 15 (Rhetoric and Composition)
ARAB1 (Elementary Modern Standard Arabic I)
ARAB2 (Elementary Modern Standard Arabic II)

Areas of Specialization:

Middle Eastern and Global Anglophone Literature
Environmental Humanities
Speculative fiction
Postcolonial Studies
Feminist Theory