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LUCIS Literature Series

Turkish Literature Workshop

  • Murathan Mungan
Monday 29 April 2019
Please register below
University Library
Witte Singel 27
2311 BG Leiden
Vossius room

This workshop aims to engage students with an advanced level of Turkish with Mungan’s diverse cultural background. The students are expected to read Murathan Mungan's story Paranın Cinleri, both in Turkish and English. During the workshop, a comparison will be made between the original work and its translation.

Together with the author and under the guidance of Dr Deniz Tat, the students will discuss the content of the story and what effects translations have on the content of a text.

Only the BA, MA and PhD students of Leiden University with advanced knowledge of Turkish can register for this event. Due to the limited number of seats, students are required to register below before 29 March 2019. 

Murathan Mungan: A Contemporary ‘Polygamous’ Turkish Writer

Having a father from the Kurdish region of Turkey and a mother with roots in Sarajevo, Mungan was born in the multicultural city of Mardin, in Kurdish South-East Turkey. His work reflects the multilingual and multicultural diversity of this region.  Mungan calls himself a ‘polygamous’ writer because he expresses himself in poetry, plays, novels, short stories and essays. After having received his BA from the Theatre Department of the famous Faculty of Languages, History and Geography at Ankara University, Mungan published his first collection of poems, Osmanlıya Dair Hikayat (Stories about Ottomans) in 1980. In the past decades, he has become one of the most prolific contemporary Turkish writers.

In his multifaceted work, Mungan dedicates special attention to the aspects of the rich and ancient folk culture of South-East Turkey. He often uses childhood memories in his fictional and non-fictional descriptions of the recent past and culture he experienced. Especially in his poetry, he combines elements from the Ottoman past with contemporary poetic forms. Mungan is also one of the few Turkish authors who openly express their sexual orientation.

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