Nergis Ertürk

Nergis Ertürk

Associate Professor of Comparative Literature
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Nergis Ertürk


Ph.D., Columbia University, 2006
M.A., Columbia University, 2000
B.A., Harvard University, 1999

Professional Bio

Nergis Ertürk is the editor of the journal Comparative Literature Studies and the author of Grammatology and Literary Modernity in Turkey (Oxford University Press, 2011), the recipient of the 2011 Modern Language Association (MLA) Prize for a First Book. Titled Writing in Red: Literature and Revolution Across Turkey and the Soviet Union, her most recent monograph is forthcoming in the Modernist Latitude Series from Columbia University Press in April 2024. Her work has also appeared in the journals PMLA, Modernism/Modernity, boundary 2, New Literary History, Interventions, Middle Eastern Literatures, Comparative Literature, Birikim, and Jadaliyya. Ertürk has been a longtime member of the editorial collective of boundary 2. Her work on Writing in Red has been supported by a Social Science Research Council (SSRC) Fellowship for Transregional Research, an American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellowship, and a residency at the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) in Princeton.


  • Modern Turkish literature, culture, and intellectual history
  • Early Soviet literature and culture
  • Global Cold War and East-East literary relations
  • Postcolonial theory
  • Gender, sexuality, and Islam
  • Comparative modernisms and peripheral realisms
  • Twentieth-century literary criticism and theory