Department of Foreign Language Education

English Literature (Ph.D.)

Program Description

The Ph.D. program in English Literature is designed to educate students as researchers in the field of English Literature. Our courses are designed to provide students with a thorough and critical knowledge of English literature from the Middle Ages to the present and with a critical perspective on world literature. Our program aims to enable students to identify major literary and cultural theories from classical antiquity to the twenty first century and to articulate ideas and responses against the backdrop of these theories. Upon graduation, our Ph.D. students should be able to contribute to the field of literary studies by producing academic papers built on independent and in-depth research.

The graduates of our Ph.D. program in English literature can work as academics in Humanities and Social Sciences Departments of various universities. They can also work as cultural analysts in national and international research institutions. Some of our graduates work as cultural researchers and consultants in public and international relations departments of national and international companies and institutions.

Possible Fields of Study

Medieval, Early Modern, Modern and Postmodern English Literature, Postcolonial Literature, World Literature, Ancient and Modern Literary Theory, Genre Theory, Narrative Theory

Required Course Load

7 Courses (7 Electives) + 1 Must Course (ELIT 525: Research Methods and Ethical Considerations in Literary Studies is required if the student has not already taken this course or another graduate-level course which can replace ELIT 525) + 3 NC Must Courses

Must Course

Course Code

Course Name

ELIT525*

RESEARCH METHODS AND ETHICAL CONSIDERATIONS IN LITERARY STUDIES

*Students are exempt from ELIT 525 if they have taken this course or another graduate-level course which can replace it.

Electives: (7 Courses to Choose from the List Below)

Course Code

Course Name

 ELIT604

INTERAC.BETWEEN ENG.&OTHER EUROPEAN LI

ELIT606 PSYCHOLOGY AND LITERATURE
ELIT607 NON-WESTERN CONTEMPORARY LITERATURES
ELIT609 RESEARCH METHODOLOGY IN LITERARY STUDI
ELIT610 LITERARY GENRES&INTER-GENERIC RELATION
ELIT611 CONTEMPORARY LITERARY THEORY
ELIT614 LITERARY THEORY IN PRACTICE
ELIT615 OLD ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE
ELIT617 NARRATOLOGIES: CLASSICAL AND POSTCLASSICAL APPROACHES 
ELIT618 WOMEN AND WRITING
ELIT619 LITERATURE AND SCIENCE
ELIT620 SELECTED WORKS FROM TURKISH&ENG. LIT.
ELIT621 FICTION: SELECTED WORKS
ELIT622 DRAMA: SELECTED WORKS
ELIT623 POETRY: SELECTED WORKS

NC Must Courses: (all 3)

Course Code

Course Name

ELIT690

DOCTORAL SEMINAR

ELIT699 PH.D. DISSERTATION
ELIT901-950 SPECIAL STUDIES

Note: Students are required to select a thesis supervisor by the end of their SECOND semester in the program.